A magnificent Chinese silk kesi 'Peach Festival' hanging scroll,
Qing dynasty (1644-1911), richly embroidered in bright colours with a lively scene depicting immortals celebrating the birthday of Xiwangmu, Queen Mother of the West, of a pantheon of Daoist immortals and deities, including He He Erxian, Liu Hai, Shoulao and the Eight Immortals, on a garden terrace with lingzhi, pine and peach trees issuing from rockwork, awaiting the arrival of Xiwangmu, who descends from the sky seated astride her phoenix with her entourage of attendants, a crane in flight above,
175 x 89cm
The ‘Peach Festival’, according to legend, takes place every 3000 years at the Jade Palace in the Kunlun Mountains in the Western paradise. A traditional Daoist theme, the festival is part of the celebrations for Xiwangmu’s birthday, during which she gifts immortals with the Peaches of Eternal Life, so their immortality may continue. This scroll captures the moment the immortals wait in anticipation for Xiwangmu, who is seen making a grand entrance on the back of a phoenix. The panel’s auspicious theme made it ideal to present at birthdays.
For a similar lot, see Sotheby's, London, 13 May 2015, lot 122.
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Sold for £21,000
Loose threads to edges of panel.
Mounted on paper with creases and tears to edges of paper.
Fabric stretched in numerous places.
Some paint faded.
Possible restoration to upper left corner.
Purchased in Hong Kong in the 1980s
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Auction: Asian Art - Live Online, Thu, 28th May 2020
The current pandemic does not seem to have affected the Asian Art market with prices and interest remaining strong.
We are pleased to include in our forthcoming Asian Art sale an extraordinary kesi scroll, the magnificent embroidery depicting the celebration of the birthday of Queen Mother of the West. We also include the wonderful embroidery collection of Mr and Mrs Leitch, who lived in China from the late 19th century to the 1930s and a fabulous collection of Yixing zisha teapots and Japanese woodblock prints in the sale.
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