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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