Chinese embroidered silk skirt in two parts, each composed of a central panel and pleated sides. One panel features a front facing five-clawed dragon chasing a flaming pearl above waves, stylized mountains and diagonal bands of upright water (li shui). A phoenix bird surrounded by bats flying above similar foaming waves is on the second panel. The skirt is densely embroidered in gold couched thread with polychrome silk thread highlights set against a brilliant blue background. The individual ...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
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