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Qing Embroidered Silk Cloud Collar

Qing Embroidered Silk Cloud Collar


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Textiles: Pre 1900: Item # 782459

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A silk collar from the late Qing Dynasty is made of six embroidered lappets shaped to resemble clouds. Cloud icons, evolved from archaic pictographs, have been used in Chinese art for thousands of years to symbolize abundance and the nourishment of life. This collar was worn on festival days by a young girl whose mother designed and embroidered it with six auspicious flowers and six auspicious insects to convey added good wishes for her daughter's future. The embroidery is done in a beautifully executed color scheme of green, purple and pink, with each "cloud" edged in purple couch stitch. The six pieces were created separately, then assembled with tiny silk loops, beads and a small frog closing. While most cloud collars were made following the same general scheme of multiple assembled pieces, everything else varied, particularly color, size, shape and number of lappets. (See our catalogue item 51-68 for a large cloud collar with 40 lappets.) When spread out flat, these collars form dramatic abstract patterns. This late 19th century collar is backed with black silk, mounted in a rounded-corner Asian frame and is excellent condition. Dimensions of framed piece: 24" (61 cm) square. SEE MORE ITEMS AT WWW.SILKROAD1.COM