An 18th century Qing Dynasty Yongzheng- Qianlong period or earlier Silk Kesi with an intertwined lotus vines pattern. With the shape of an square, this semi frayed fragment silk embroidery must have been originally from a loosely woven samite (a luxurious and heavy silk fabric worn in the Middle Ages). In Chinese symbolism the intertwined lotus vines is a dynamic, pleasant-looking traditional Chinese pattern known for it's endless intertwined vines surrounding lotus blossoms signifying life in an endless succession which is visible in the colour variation among blue, yellow, purple, red , and brown by warps of threads on a white foundation. This antique silk embroidery is an excellent example of great designs synonymous in the ancient Chinese silk industry.
Condition: wear and tear due to age. (see photos). In it's original antique condition unrestored. Measures approximately 15.5" in height and 15" in width without the modern frame in which the buyer is recommended to replace. a professional restoration is advised . Provenance : From a private English collection estate sale.
Kesi is a technique in Chinese silk tapestry invented by the Sogdians and improved by the Uyghurs. It is admired for its lightness and clarity of pattern. At first, this technique was chiefly used to protect scrolls containing paintings. It was also employed as a support for paintings, later going on to become an esteemed art form. It is a tapestry weave, normally using silk on a small scale compared to European wall-hangings. Clothing for the court was one of the main uses. The earliest surviving examples of kesi date from the Tang dynasty (618–907), but it first became widely used during China’s Southern Song period (1127–1279). The technique became particularly popular during the Ming period (1368–1644) and thrived until the end of the Qing dynasty in 1911/12.
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