Furniture Cover with Pattern of Flowers and Sonorous Stones
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
early 18th century
Silk florentine-stitch embroidery on silk gauze
47 1/4 x 39 1/2 in. (120.02 x 100.33 cm)
Gift of Lewis Einstein, 1954
Not on view
This embroidered textile may have served as a table covering. At the center of the piece is a large, round, full-face flower surrounded by four flowers in profile with scrolling stems that sit in a geometric field. That field, in turn, has a wide border that repeats the theme of large flowers in profile and scrolling stems. Four sonorous stones and clusters of small, red nandina berries are also found in the border.
As with the needlepoint embroidery practiced today, the embroidery stitches of this textile completely cover the foundation cloth, a yellow silk gauze.
Lewis Einstein , New York (until 1954; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Textiles," August 3, 2004–November 15, 2004.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Textiles," September 6, 2011–April 15, 2012.