Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Section of a Valance

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
18th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Silk, metallic thread, and peacock feather embroidery on silk satin
Dimensions:
Overall: 10 x 50 in. (25.4 x 127 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Embroidered
Credit Line:
Bequest of William Christian Paul, 1929
Accession Number:
30.75.42
Not on view
The iridescence of this valance's peacock feather pattern was achieved with actual peacock feathers. The feathers were wrapped around a silk core and the resulting threads couched into place.
William Christian Paul , the Bronx, NY (until d. 1929)
Chicago. Field Museum. "Flights of Fancy: Feather Art in Traditional Cultures," February 15, 1979–July 31, 1979.

Pittsburgh. Carnegie Museum of Natural History. "Flights of Fancy: Feather Art in Traditional Cultures," November 30, 1979–March 1, 1980.

New Orleans Museum of Art. "Flights of Fancy: Feather Art in Traditional Cultures," April 8, 1980–July 31, 1980.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Textiles," July 23, 2005–October 29, 2005.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Textiles," May 16, 2008–August 3, 2008.

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