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Divine Antique Canton Chinese Export Piano Shawl ~ Cream Brocade Silk, Embroidered Cream Silk Florals, Wedding
Divine Antique Canton Chinese Export Piano Shawl ~ Cream Brocade Silk, Embroidered Cream Silk Florals, Wedding
Divine Antique Canton Chinese Export Piano Shawl ~ Cream Brocade Silk, Embroidered Cream Silk Florals, Wedding
Divine Antique Canton Chinese Export Piano Shawl ~ Cream Brocade Silk, Embroidered Cream Silk Florals, Wedding
Divine Antique Canton Chinese Export Piano Shawl ~ Cream Brocade Silk, Embroidered Cream Silk Florals, Wedding
Divine Antique Canton Chinese Export Piano Shawl ~ Cream Brocade Silk, Embroidered Cream Silk Florals, Wedding
Divine Antique Canton Chinese Export Piano Shawl ~ Cream Brocade Silk, Embroidered Cream Silk Florals, Wedding
Divine Antique Canton Chinese Export Piano Shawl ~ Cream Brocade Silk, Embroidered Cream Silk Florals, Wedding
Divine Antique Canton Chinese Export Piano Shawl ~ Cream Brocade Silk, Embroidered Cream Silk Florals, Wedding
Divine Antique Canton Chinese Export Piano Shawl ~ Cream Brocade Silk, Embroidered Cream Silk Florals, Wedding
Divine Antique Canton Chinese Export Piano Shawl ~ Cream Brocade Silk, Embroidered Cream Silk Florals, Wedding
Divine Antique Canton Chinese Export Piano Shawl ~ Cream Brocade Silk, Embroidered Cream Silk Florals, Wedding
Divine Antique Canton Chinese Export Piano Shawl ~ Cream Brocade Silk, Embroidered Cream Silk Florals, Wedding
Divine Antique Canton Chinese Export Piano Shawl ~ Cream Brocade Silk, Embroidered Cream Silk Florals, Wedding
Divine Antique Canton Chinese Export Piano Shawl ~ Cream Brocade Silk, Embroidered Cream Silk Florals, Wedding
Divine Antique Canton Chinese Export Piano Shawl ~ Cream Brocade Silk, Embroidered Cream Silk Florals, Wedding
Divine Antique Canton Chinese Export Piano Shawl ~ Cream Brocade Silk, Embroidered Cream Silk Florals, Wedding
Divine Antique Canton Chinese Export Piano Shawl ~ Cream Brocade Silk, Embroidered Cream Silk Florals, Wedding
Divine Antique Canton Chinese Export Piano Shawl ~ Cream Brocade Silk, Embroidered Cream Silk Florals, Wedding
Divine Antique Canton Chinese Export Piano Shawl ~ Cream Brocade Silk, Embroidered Cream Silk Florals, Wedding

Material:  Silk
Color:  Cream, Light Ivory
Size:  apx. 62 inches x 60 inches PLUS 10.50 inches fringe
         Overall measurements apx.  83 inches x 81 inches
Origin:  Canton, China
Age:  1890s - 1910s
Quantity:  1

A divine antique Canton piano shawl, made from sumptuous brocaded cream silk, embroidered with lush cream silk florals and finished with soft, hand knotted, twisted cream silk macrame fringe.
This textile likely dates from the turn of the 19th to the earlier 20th century, Victorian to Edwardian era, c. 1890s - 1910s.
Somewhat less commonly found, this example features a fancy floral brocaded silk center, with very wide borders of fine, dense hand embroidered stylized floral motifs, including flowers, vines, leaves and fronds.
Two parallel linear designs separate the floral motifs; the silk is cleverly woven here with a slightly different texture and subtle sheen that gives the impression of applied silk ribbons, which highlight and add definition to the pretty hand embroidery work. (visible in many of the images, but quite clear in image #4)
The skilled needleworker used extremely fine silk floss to embroider and decorate the shawl body, utilizing multiple stitches, layering techniques, and also angled the embroidery stitches, even within a single leaf or petal, to better catch and reflect light. (see magnified image #14)
The combination of the lustrous cream silk decorated with glossy brocade flowers and luminous silk embroidery creates a rich, elegant textile that can be worn, or used for decorating.
As you can hopefully see in the photographs, this shawl is completely decorated, without any large plain areas, yet due to the center portion featuring brocaded florals which are actually woven into the silk, with embroidery surrounding, the weight of this shawl is actually lighter than you may expect.  I have had similar shawls weigh 3 - 4 pounds, which can feel quite weighty to wear or carry around for long periods.  Due to the design and execution of this particular example however, the weight is only apx. 1 pound, which may be more comfortable and desirable for some.
This shawl is in exceptionally nice antique estate condition.  It was obviously prized and carefully stored, as the silk remains strong with no noted rips, tears, holes, deterioration, etc.  The fringe could use a little steam at the very ends in some places, to fluff and straighten after so many years of storage    We noted a very minor small light mark and a few scattered tiny light specks;  no clusters, just a few scattered unobtrusively  and only notable upon extremely close inspection.  (see image # 18 & 19)  We have not cleaned the shawl, as it presents very well, as aforementioned, however if absolute perfection is desired cleaning would likely resolve.  Overall condition is exceptional.
Please Note:  In images 1, 2 and 20 the darkness appearing on the right shoulder is simply shadow caused by indirect lighting.
A wonderful period shawl that would make a high quality addition to even the most discriminating textile or vintage clothing collection. Shawls are often used today for bridal and wedding dressing, as well as decorator soft furnishing accessories.

Historic information:  Beginning in the 16th century these wonderful textile creations were exported from the Canton Province of China via early shipping trade routes.  Originally decorated in the Chinese style with pagodas and dragons, they were later customized with floral designs due to demand from Europe and the Western world, where popularity continued to grow.
These works of art became especially important in the Sevillian culture, beginning in Spanish colonized Manila Philippines, where the Mantones de Manila (piano shawl) became a necessary staple for everyone from the average working person, to the elite aristocracy.  They were loved and prized by Andalusian performers as well, including singers, ballerinas and the famous flamenco dancers, with whom they remain equally popular today.
Due to their beauty and high quality craftsmanship antique shawls are treasured and often passed down from generation to generation.

Divine Antique Canton Chinese Export Piano Shawl ~ Cream Brocade Silk, Embroidered Cream Silk Florals, Wedding

$ 795.00

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