Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Qianlong period (1736–95)
Silk and metal thread
66 x 19 1/2 in. (167.6 x 49.5 cm)
Gift of Francis Keally, in memory of his wife Mildred Taber Keally, 1978
Not on view
Unlike upholstered furniture, chairs in China were covered only temporarily with textiles such as this chair strip, designed and embroidered specifically to be used as a chair covering. The antiquities in the design are rebuses for good wishes. For example, the halberd and the angled stone chime together form the rebus for "celebratory occasion." This strip is embroidered mainly with gold threads that have been couched-that is, laid on the surface of the satin and stitched into place.