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Antique 19th Century Chinese Silk Forbidden Stitch Hand-Embroidered Panel - $550 (Vancouver)

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condition: excellent
size / dimensions: 12.5” x 25.5”
This Chinese “forbidden stitch” silk tapestry is a beautiful antique piece from the 1800s. Framed and in excellent condition; showing only minimal signs of discoloration from storage.
Look closely and you will notice it features four women performing various tasks in the outdoors, surrounded by plants, bridges, water and land.

Forbidden stitch is described here: Most textile historians believe the name comes from the Forbidden City (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forbidden_City). The Emperors of China lived in the Forbidden City from the 1400’s until the 1900’s and they had hordes of needle workers making costumes and tapestries and table clothes and a zillion other things. The Forbidden Stitch was for the Emperor and his court and not for the rest of us mere mortals.
It wasn’t supposed to leave the Forbidden City.

12.5” x 25.5” tapestry
18” x 33” frame

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