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Thu, Apr 28, 2022 09:00AM EDT
Lot 257

Group of Four Chinese Embroidered Pouches

Estimate: $500 - $700

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late 19th/early 20th century, of varying size and form, with floral, bird, and figural decoration, two with forbidden stitch detailing, largest 8-1/4 x 4-1/2 in.

Note: Rooted in part in Asian history, the sachet appeared in the Warring States period as distinctive decorations worn as a clothing accessory as well as mosquito repellent. The origins of the ?fragrant sachet? has been assigned to rural Chinese women during the Han dynasty. During this time, an account appeared in the Book of Rites, compiled by Dai Sheng, which described the popularity of perfumed and embroidered brocade sachets, especially among young people who wore these sachets around their wrists, necks, and waists. They were also popular in the Tang (618-906) and Song (960-1279) dynasties, but were mainly luxuries for the wealthy and powerful. Qingyang?s male officials and women from elite families wore sachets filled with traditional Chinese medicine rather than perfume. Sachets would later be used as tokens of love and affection in the Qing dynasty (1644-1661). (wiki).

Provenance: From an extensive collection of textiles, dating from the mid 19th century to late Qing dynasty, Private Collection, Colorado


scattered light staining, a few pulled threads