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Cushion cover

Cushion cover

  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    20th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Satin weave silk with a brocaded polychrome design

  • Credit Line:

    Addis Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Large cushion with a removable cushion cover fastened with press studs.
On the front, the cushion cover is made from a piece of silk with a large-scale lotus scroll pattern in various colours and flat silver thread against a cream satin ground. The reverse is made from an unpatterned piece of cream satin. About a third of the way down the back a woven inscription has been inserted. This inscription, in flat silver thread, probably came from the loom end of the patterned silk on the front of the cushion.
This is not a traditionally Chinese way of making cushions.

Place of Origin

China (made)


20th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Satin weave silk with a brocaded polychrome design

Marks and inscriptions

'duan zhuang ji ben xing yuan zhang'
brocaded satin from the looms of Zhengyuanxing


Length: 73.5 cm, Width: 68.5 cm

Object history note

Registered File number 1965/3344.

One of a pair with FE.137-1983.

Descriptive line

Cushion with removable cover, cream silk satin with a brocaded polychrome design, China, 20th century

Labels and date

When Sir John had these cushion covers made up he was careful to preserve the inscriptions. He had the woven characters incorporated into the back of each cover. Although the patterned satin on the front of each cushion is different, both inscriptions are the same.
The inscription gives the type of silk and the name of the workshop. It does not indicate a geographical region of China nor does it give a date. This is the format of most inscriptions woven across the ends of the silk lengths in this exhibition. []


Silk (textile); Silver thread


Satin weave; Brocading

Subjects depicted

Floral patterns


Textiles; Household objects


East Asia Collection

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