This magnificent woven cut silk and silver (metal) tapestry with different floral arrangements in various bronze containers such as a ding and tripod Gui, incense burner and a small jue without flowers, with two books wrapped in ribbon, tea pot and cup, a bowl with grapes, and in the foreground are fruits, pomegranate, citron know as the Buddha’s hand, ginseng, peach, pears, persimmon, and pumpkins all in beautiful soft colors of gray, light pale blue, and pale green with accents colors of a soft orange and brown accented with silver threads. The image is identical on both the front and back and both sides are neat and smooth, making it superior to two-sided embroidery. It can be stroked, rubbed, or pinched without sustaining any damage, and is very durable compared to embroidery.
Condition: two small soiled areas. Age: 19th Century - Size: 41-1/2 x 22-1/2” (105.41 x 57.15 cm)
Kesi is not only a technique but also a kind of art. In ancient China, an inch of Kesi was worth the same as an ounce of gold. It is done with raw silk as the warp and boiled-off silk as the weft. With a combination of partial weft (vertical) threads attached to full warp (horizontal) threads, it differs from other woven silk goods that have full warp and weft threads. This is a form of weaving patch by patch. It is necessary to make frequent changes of the shuttles (i.e. threads of different colors), and a small piece of work requires thousands of changes to finish.