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Consider This: Collecting Chinese Textiles

Subject and Symbolism

The symbols depicted on a textile can tell you quite specifically what the function was and who would have owned it. Chimes, twin fish, and double happiness characters are symbols for blessings in marriage, designating a marriage robe. At the same time, Imperial dragons were strictly only used on Imperial textiles until the later parts of the Qing dynasty. 

Manchu Wedding Robe, China, 19th century. Sold for $9,225 in September 2019.

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Exploring Chinese Textiles | Gallery Walk

 

Thursday, March 21| Reception 5:30PM, Gallery Walk 6PM

Join specialist Helen Eagles from the Asian Works of Art Department for a gallery walk and discussion about the Chinese textiles from the London textile collection of Nancy Murphy featured in the March 22 Asian Works of Art auction.

Primarily dating to the end of the Qing dynasty, the collection showcases purses, fan cases, and collars. The accessories are embellished and embroidered in a variety of stitches with decorations rich in blessings for the wearer, and provide an excellent introduction to the wider symbolism and techniques unique to Chinese textiles.Read More

The Art of the Quilt: From Functional to Ornamental

Over the past few years, quilts and quilting have experienced resurgence in popularity. The appeal of quilts and textile art is as varied as the patterns they employ. Whether it is the bold, bright, and contrasting colors or the strength and diversity of the design, quilts have consumed the interest of contemporary artists and enthusiasts alike.

The origins of quilting are seen in the 17th century when chintz and calico fabrics were beginning to be imported from India.… Read More