This is an antique Chinese embroidered silk piano or Cantonese shawl dating from the late 19th century or early 20th century and all hand embroidered in coloured silks on a cream silk background. The colours are as vibrant as the day this was painstakingly created by hand. The four large scenes are surrounded by birds and foliage and there is a small border of flowers and birds surrounding the main block. There is a lovely silk fringe which is all intact. The condition of this beautiful shawl is very good with storage related spotting mostly around the edges (see pics) with one or two slightly larger marks amongst the embroidery. I have shown a sample of marks including the two larger marks. The silk is in good strong condition with no splits, tears or damage other than the spotting mentioned earlier. This shawl measures 128cm square with another 50cm of silk fringing. This is not a double sided shawl however the back side of it is very neat.
UK P&P £5.45
Overseas P&P 23.00