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Panel

  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    1800-1930 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Satin weave silk with polychrome and gilt patterning wefts lined with plain weave silk

  • Credit Line:

    Addis Bequest

  • Museum number:

    FE.134-1983

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Coloured silk panels such as this were woven as quilt covers, and this example has a paper label glued to it which describes it as being for this purpose. Chinese beds sometimes have two or three such quilts neatly folded and stacked up at one end during the day. This cover has a blue satin ground brocaded in several colours and gold with five four-toed dragons surrounded by the attributes of the Daoist Eight Immortals and by Buddhist and other emblematic motifs.

Physical description

Large hanging composed of three loom widths. There is a wide border of red key-fret bands with dragons between, and a broader band of lucky symbols. There is a narrow bottom border of key-frets and dragons. The main field has a front facing dragon surrounded by four flying dragons amid clouds and lucky symbols. The ground is blue satin weave silk and the design is produced by polychrome and gold patterning wefts. The hanging is lined with thin yello plain weave silk.

Place of Origin

China (made)

Date

1800-1930 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Satin weave silk with polychrome and gilt patterning wefts lined with plain weave silk

Dimensions

Length: 234 cm, Width: 209 cm

Object history note

Registered File number 1965/3344.

Descriptive line

Quilt cover, blue silk satin with polychrome and gilt patterning wefts, China, 1800-1930

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Wilson, Verity, Chinese Textiles, London:V&A Publications, 2005, page 45, plate 46.
Wilson, Verity, 'A Diplomat's Collection: The Chinese Textiles of Sir John Addis' in Arts of Asia vol.33 no.2, 2003, pp.90-101, plate 20

Labels and date

Five four-clawed dragons are surrounded by attributes of the Daoist Eight Immortals and by Buddhist and other traditional auspicious motifs. The motif of the boat with the official hat sprouting from a pomegranate and a sword belt forms a rebus that reads: 'may my family of military officials continue for generations'. The many co-ordinated symbolic references suggest that this cover was woven to order of to attract a particular group of Chinese customers, namely those who had the aspirations to become senior officials. []

Materials

Silk (textile); Metal thread

Techniques

Satin weave; Plain weave

Subjects depicted

Dragons; Clouds

Categories

Textiles; Household objects

Collection

East Asia Collection

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