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PROPERTY FROM AN ITALIAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

A LARGE SILK KESI PANEL
Qing dynasty, mid 18th century
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309

PROPERTY FROM AN ITALIAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

A LARGE SILK KESI PANEL
Qing dynasty, mid 18th century
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A LARGE SILK KESI PANEL
Qing dynasty, mid 18th century
finely woven with a scene of the Qunxian zhushou(the Immortals offering birthday congratulations to the Queen Mother of the West), depicting Xiwangmu and her attendants seated atop a crane as they descend to meet Shoulao and the Eight Daoist Immortals standing on a terrace amidst pine and peach trees, all above a rushing river with further groups of Immortals standing along the shore bearing gifts, all within a broad boarder of antique vessels reserved on a dark blue ground

 

 


264 by 224cm., 104 by 88 ¼ in.
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Catalogue Note

This kesi depicts the Peach Festival, a popular Daoist theme associated with the birthday celebration of Xiwangmu, the Queen Mother of the West. According to legend, this event only took place in the Western Paradise once every 3000 years. Here the immortals are shown in the Turquoise Pond (Yaochi) on Mount Kunlun. At the top the Jade Maidens accompany Xiwangmu who rides a phoenix, and is greeted by the Three Star Gods. Various divinities, their attendants and the Eight Immortals descend from the cave on the left and cross the bridge to ascend up the right.

 

The scene depicted was probably taken from a painting and several similar variations are known; a closely related kesi, but lacking the border of antiques and woven with four larges characters at the top, huafeng sanzhu (three blessings at the frontier), is illustrated in John E Vollmer, Silks for Thrones and Altars. Chinese Costumes and Textiles, Paris, 2003, pl. 58. Compare also an example, from the Chris Hall Collection Trust, published in Feng Zhao, Treasures in Silk, Hong Kong, 1999, pl. 10.10; another sold in our New York rooms, 30th March 2006, lot 201; and a slightly later version from the collection of Dr Ip Yee, sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 19th November 1984, lot 127.

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