Textiles from the Ch'ing Dynasty 1744-1908

Alexander's Fine Arts Gallery presents "Fifty Years of Collecting", the private Chinese and Japanese textile collection from the Ch'ing Dynasty of Milt and Lorraine Clark that began in 1994 when Milt Clark was stationed in Peking, China. For the first time anywhere, individual pieces from this collection are for sale.

During Mr. Clark's assignment to Peking in 1944 he was introduced to Mr. Dong, curator of the Peking Museum. Mr. Dong became his mentor and under his tutelage, Clark learned the art of collecting fine antique Chinese and Japanese textiles. Mr. Dong opened a new world of knowledge to Milt Clark which included a visit to the Forbidden City in Peking, with its 800 buildings and 9000 rooms.

The beauty and detail of oriental textiles, whether an oriental robe, hanging embroidery or simply a fragment from a garment is readily apparent. The skill of the Chinese in producing textiles is proverbial. Spindle whorls dating from the 5th millennium B.C. (Panpo Village) have been discovered in China. With the discovery of silk came a method for dying the fiber; and embroidery was born. Imperial garments, hanging panels, and altar covers are embroidered, and varied according to social status, and function. Depending on who wore the garment and what they were used for, the fabric, color and design were greatly diversified. The dragon, the symbol of imperial power, the peach, the fruit of immortality, or the tiger, the image representing power and strength all are just a few of the re-current themes.

This outstanding collection features a showing of the Eight Immortals, individual figures of silk and real hair dating from the late 1800's. Anyone interested in Orientalia has heard about the Eight Immortals. They were supposed to be Taoist immortals and the chance to collect all eight is a rare opportunity.

All the following textiles and artifacts are for sale.

References available upon request.

Asian Art, John D. Laplante
Chinese Art II, R. Soame Jenyns and William Watoon
Oriental Antiques, Arthur and Grace Chu
Oriental Antiques and Art, Sandra Andacht

Textiles from the Ch'ing Dynasty 1744-1908

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Cut Velvet Coat: Front ... Back
Midnight blue silk cut velvet, in classic Chrysanthemum design, Manchurian style. Completely lined with long hair Manchurian rabbit fur, wide shawl collar of fur, bordered with a 2" band of blue/white embroidered chrysanthemums. Sleeve cuffs are embroidered in shades of metallic gold flosses, featuring 5-toed dragon and the phoenix bird design. Attributed as personal property of Dowager Empress, Ching Dynasty. Excellent condition.

Peach Silk Crepe Coat:
Embroidered in bright colors with sprays of flowers, Manchurian style sleeves, completely lined long hair Manchurian rabbit fur, wide shawl collar of fur, 2 round embroidered medallions in intricate design decorate the lower center front of the coat. Hem bordered with band of embroidered flowers and butterflies in bright colors on black background; cuffs have wide band of embroidered flowers on beige silk background. Small damage to silk crepe at left shoulder area and fur at upper left area of collar.

Black Silk Coat:
Manchurian style, decorated with embroidery in scaled or wave design, with setting sun and Fuji chrysanthemums. Lined with salmon color silk satin; cuffs, shawl and hem trimmed with white long hair Manchurian rabbit fur; back of coat has 3 roundels of embroidery of flowers and Fuji chrysanthemum design. 1920 - 1930. Excellent condition

Citron Yellow Summer Gauze Woman's Robe:
Citron yellow patterned silk gauze, with 8 auspicious symbols woven in, woven design of 8" roundels overall; neckline appliqué in woven band of cranes, parrots, and other birds on a black background; all outlined with 3 bands of trim; elaborate effect at top of side opening which is closed with 5 gold wash buttons; exceptional cuffs, 5" wide of white silk gauze, with stitch embroidery of butterflies, lotus flowers and endless knot. Outstanding condition

Embroidered Vest:
Dark blue silk with embroidery of butterflies, flowers, peonies, bats, longevity, closes upper chest horizontally with 7 looped buttons, side with 3 looped buttons on each side; 3 band trim outlined, plus a narrow woven band in imperial yellow with small design. Designs done in gold metallic thread pinned down with red thread. Vest lined with fine beige polished cotton. Late Ch'ing Dynasty. Excellent condition

Silk Skirt:
Fine silk skirt with red on red design; wrap-around style, two flat panels and two finely pleated panels, attached to wide natural cotton waistband, lined with rich blue silk. Intricate embroidery of Peking fine knot work of vases, cicada, and "100 antiques" embroidery done in couched gold thread. Excellent condition

Pair Embroidered Sleeve Cuffs:
Off-white silk background, fine Peking knot work embroidery of lilies, grasshopper, butterflies, praying mantis and branches and leaves. Two narrow bands of appliquéed tape as outlines done in gold thread held down with red thread. 1800's

Two Panel Silk Embroidery:
13 1/2" x 25" black center background with Prunus design, white plum blossoms and spring flowers. Late Ch'ing Dynasty. Fine condition
$590.00ea. or $1,800.00(2)


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