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One of a Pair of Chair Strips with Auspicious Patterns

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
18th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Tapestry-woven silk (kesi) and metallic thread
Dimensions:
Overall: 64 x 19 in. (162.6 x 48.3 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Tapestries
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1965
Accession Number:
65.210.2
  • Description

    Unlike upholstered furniture in the West, chairs in China were, historically, covered only temporarily with textiles. These chair strips (ass also 65.210.1) were designed and woven specifically for the purpose. As is typical of such strips, the length is divided into multiple segments, each bearing a different design for the part of the chair it covers—the front legs, seat, or back—as well as a short segment that hangs
    behind the chair.

    This pair of auspiciously patterned chair strips was appropriate for special occasions such as birthday celebrations. Peaches (symbols of immortality) and the character for longevity (shou) decorate the segment behind the chair, and the front legs are covered with a pattern of pavilions in the sea, which probably refers to the isles of the immortals.

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