Gugong Museum: ZHIXIU SHUHUA. Embroidered Calligraphy and Pictures. Complete Collection of Treasures Gugong, 52. Shanghai, 2005. 26, 262 pp. Colour plates throughout. Colour text illustrations. 29x22 cm. Boards.
144 stunning examples of embroidered pictures and calligraphy dating from the Ming and Qing dynasties and in the collection of the Gugong Museum in Beijing are here illustrated and described. A fair amount of the material is from the Qing Court collection. Many of the examples are shown in multiple plates as they include embroidered album leaves in the style of picture albums and albums of embroidered imperial calligraphy. Other examples include embroidered Buddhist scenes, landscapes and other scenes. The workmanship is quite superb and many were obviously commissioned by the Emperor, notably Qianlong. Much previously-unpublished material. Illustrated throughout in colour. Captions in English, otherwise Chinese text. Recommended. Now out-of-print and becoming hard to find.
Item 41 in List 203.
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