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Table Valance with Theme of the "Hundred Antiques"

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
18th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Embroidered silk gauze
Dimensions:
32 x 98 in. (81.3 x 248.9 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Embroidered
Credit Line:
Bequest of William Christian Paul, 1929
Accession Number:
30.75.15
Not on view
A rich array of vessels and objects in many media—such as bronze, ceramic, and carved rhinoceros horn—are depicted on this valance, which was likely meant for the front of a large table.

The bronzes, especially the tall ceremonial wine vessel (gu), seen at the center of the middle group of objects on the lower panel, and the square four-legged ceremonial food vessel (fang ding) at the left, feature a naïve rendition of the mask decoration on archaic bronzes (which can be seen in the Galleries for the Arts of Ancient China downstairs).

Ceramics are scattered throughout the valance: one at the lower left features a crackled glaze, a highly desirable effect among late Ming connoisseurs. The craft of carved rhinoceros horn is represented by the flaring cup seen at the lower right.
#7374. Table Valance with Theme of the "Hundred Antiques"
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William Christian Paul , the Bronx, NY (until d. 1929)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The "Hundred Antiques" in Chinese Textiles," February 8, 2006–July 30, 2006.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Textiles," April 18, 2012–October 14, 2012.

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