Vintage Japanese wedding kimono embroidered in gold and white flying cranes set against a brilliant red floral background. Mid-20th century. Very good overall condition. From a Casa Grande, Arizona collection.
Chinese Qing dynasty double-page watercolor painting on silk very well rendered in polychrome pigments and gilt highlights with three Buddhist Lohans (holy men) riding mythical beasts over waves. A vertical centerfold indicates this painting was originally part of an album. 19th century. The framed size is 13"V x 17 3/4"H (painting size about 8 1/2"V x 13"H). Nicely framed. Very good overall condition. The close up image of the faces has a dark area at the upper edge wh ...click for details
Chinese late Qing dynasty Guangxu period multi-lobed wedding collar embroidered in polychrome silk thread with flowers, birds, insects, and small animals on a silk ground. The collar is composed of two layers of streamers, with shorter red narrow streamers lightly stitched onto longer white streamers which terminate in ruyi heads. Applied ribbon and black edging outline the streamers. The neck and lining are cotton. Late 19th/early 20th century. 10” streamer length x 5” wide ruyi head. Nec ...click for details
Chinese late Qing dynasty (19th century) front-opening Han style lady's jacket embroidered with pale blue and white satin stitch flowers with Peking knot ("forbidden stitch") accents on a cobalt blue silk satin ground. The sleeve bands feature bats and Peking knot embroidered flowers set against a golden background. Three metal buttons secure the front. Measures 53" from sleeve tip to sleeve tip and 35” in length. The robe and lining are both in very good overall condition.
Chinese late Qing dynasty (19th century) front-opening Han style lady's jacket embroidered on the front and back in silk polychrome thread with clusters of flowering plants on a dark cobalt blue silk satin ground. The robe is trimmed with in a densely embroidered mille fleur band in shades of blue. The mille fleur embroidered yellow sleeve bands also include scattered butterflies. A metal button secures the neck. Measures about 49 1/4" from sleeve tip to sleeve tip and 38” in length. T ...click for details
Chinese late Qing dynasty red silk temple hanging or altar frontispiece densely embroidered in metallic-couched and polychrome silk threads with the “Three Star Gods” and other symbols of good fortune, longevity, and happiness. A horizontal panel across the top is embroidered in gold with four padded characters. Reading from right to left, these read “fu (happiness), lu (wealth), shou (longevity), and xi (blessings).” Each character corresponds with one of the figures below. Fuxing, God of ...click for details
Measuring a staggering 20 feet, 3 inches in length, this Chinese late Qing dynasty Guangxu period red silk horizontal room banner or temple hanging is embroidered in metallic-couched and polychrome silk threads with many types of birds, including phoenix, pheasants, peacock, and a mandarin duck, placed among gold-couched flowers, fruit, and leafy branches. Metal and mirror accents are scattered throughout the embroidery. Two vertical lines of black embroidered calligraphy divide the banner int ...click for details
Chinese silk embroidered padded winter skirt composed of two overlapping panels. An antique vessel surrounded by a collage of auspicious symbols is finely executed in the "forbidden stitch" (known as "da zi," or seed stitch, in Chinese) on the front and back panels. A black border densely embroidered in polychrome silk flowers and scrolling foliage with gold-couched thread highlights accents the skirt bottom and panels. Applied black and embroidered ribbons define the pleats ...click for details
Qing Dynasty (19th century) Chinese Manchu style robe decorated in embroidered dragons chasing flaming pearls (symbolizing the Buddhist notion of enlightenment) executed in gold-couched thread on a blue silk ground. The eight full-face and profile four-clawed dragons are surrounded by clouds and various auspicious symbols. The dragon's eyes are accented in black and white. An embroidered panel surrounding the neckline is filled with additional dragons running across the top of waves. The bo ...click for details
Chinese Qing dynasty (19th century) Daoist priest’s robe densely embroidered in a pattern of complex iconographical symbols set against a pale celadon silk background created entirely from satin-stitch embroidery. The style is the traditional rectangular front-opening form which rests on the shoulders and has the lower part of the sides sewn together to form armholes. The center back is embroidered with a flame-bordered circular cartouche containing a pagoda flanked by flying birds. Fifteen d ...click for details
Chinese late Qing dynasty (late 19th century) woman's rank badge embroidered with a central satin-stitched silver pheasant with very nicely detailed feathers. A single bat hovers below the sun at the upper right. This Mandarin square would have been worn by the wife of a 5th rank civil official. The badge is backed with stiff paper covered with blue silk and is bordered on the front in red silk. This rank badge measures 8 3/8"V x 9 1/8"H. It is in very good overall condition w ...click for details
Mid-20th century Japanese woven obi decorated with gold fans set against an orange-red and black background. Very good overall condition with no wear evident. A few barely visible black stains are on the front background (see enlargement 2) and there are a few larger black stains along the edge of the orange-red lining. Measures about 75" long x 10 1/4" wide.
Late Qing Dynasty (19th century) Chinese lady’s front-opening summer gauze kesi surcoat decorated with eight polychrome roundels, featuring a central crane surrounded by butterflies and flowers, set against a dark cobalt blue ground. The crane motif indicates the robe would have been worn by the wife of a first-rank civil official. The sleeve ends are decorated with a water and wave motif. The bottom of the robe is decorated in the traditional pattern of waves, stylized mountains, and diagona ...click for details
19th century (Qing Dynasty) Chinese Manchu style robe embroidered in gold couched threads highlighted in copper and blue-grey metallic threads with 8 visible 5-clawed dragons, plus one hidden dragon on the inside flap, depicted in full-face and profile poses against a blue ground. Each dragon is chasing a flaming pearl (symbolizing the Buddhist notion of enlightenment) and is surrounded by clouds and various auspicious symbols. The dragon's eyes are accented in blue, black, and white polyc ...click for details
Extraordinary 19th century (Qing Dynasty) Chinese Manchu style silk robe embroidered in polychrome and gilt metallic threads with 8 visible 5-clawed dragons, plus one hidden dragon on the inside flap, depicted in full-face and profile poses against a blue ground. Each dragon is chasing a flaming pearl (symbolizing the Buddhist notion of enlightenment) and is surrounded by clouds and various auspicious symbols. An embroidered panel surrounding the neckline is filled with additional dragons runn ...click for details