Home decor that only an empress could set her eyes on, at least till now. From the exhibition “Empresses of China’s Forbidden City”. Collection of the Palace Museum, Beijing.

Seal of empress with a double-headed dragon. Republican period. 1922.
Seal of empress with a double-headed dragon. Republican period. 1922. Gold alloy with silk tassels. Imperial workshops, Beijing. ©The Palace Museum. Fair use license. via https://www.providencejournal.com/entertainmentlife/20181227/peabody-essex-museum-explores-history-of-three-women-who-ruled-china
Stupa containing Empress Dowager Chongqing’s hair and Amitayus Buddha. 1777, Qianlong period.
Stupa containing Empress Dowager Chongqing’s hair and Amitayus Buddha. 1777, Qianlong period. Gold and silver alloy with coral and other precious and semi precious stones. Imperial workshops, Beijing. Palace Museum, Gu11866. © The Palace Museum. Fair use license. via http://www.alaintruong.com/archives/2018/08/18/36637303.html
Ewer with lady and boy in garden on two sides.
Ewer with lady and boy in garden on two sides. Probably 1760’s-1770’s. Probably made in Beijing. Qianlong period. Cloisonné and painted enamel, copper and gold alloy with enamel and precious and semi precious stones. Palace Museum, Gu11450. © The Palace Museum. Fair use license. via https://www.antiquesandthearts.com/empresses-of-chinas-forbidden-city-1644-1912/
Ewer with dragons and clouds. 1736-1795. Qianlong period.
Ewer with dragons and clouds. 1736-1795. Qianlong period. Gold alloy. Probably made in Beijing in the Imperial workshops. Palace Museum, Gu11455. © The Palace Museum. Fair use license. via https://america.cgtn.com/2018/09/19/the-empresses-of-china#foobox-1/6/EMP-363-Full-JPG.jpg

This is the second post from this wonderful exhibition. The first was of jewelry; the third is upcoming and has robes, hats and other items of attire. All as wonderful as these. The empresses were lucky indeed to be able to surround themselves with these enchanting items . . .

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Fans to flirt with and others to stay cool with . . .a fashion I hope is coming back. Very pretty. 19th century and all from China.

Fan with a messenger of victory motif. 1860-1880.
Fan with a messenger of victory motif. 1860-1880. Black lacquered bamboo frame with gold decoration of Chinese characters in gardens painted on both side with scenes from palaces. Silk tassel. Image © Coutau-Bégarie and Associates, Paris. Fair use license. via http://www.coutaubegarie.com/html/fiche.jsp?id=9525784&np=&lng=fr&npp=150&ordre=&aff=&r=
Wood fan with painted silk insertions. ca. 1860.
Wood fan with painted silk insertions. ca. 1860. Chinese. Collection of the Fan Museum Trust. Image © 2019 The Fan Museum. Fair use license. via https://www.thefanmuseum.org.uk/collections/fan919598
Fan with a material games motif. ca. 1880.
Fan with a material games motif. ca. 1880. Ivory and silk. Ivory stand with tortoiseshell, enamel, mother-of-pearl and gold filigree. Image © Coutau-Bégarie and Associates, Paris. Fair use license. via http://www.coutaubegarie.com/html/fiche.jsp?id=9525794&np=&lng=fr&npp=150&ordre=&aff=&r=

Jewels that belonged to an empress or two from the Qing dynasty who ruled China fro 1644 to 1912. Collection of the Palace Museum, Beijing and part of the exhibition “Empresses of China’s Forbidden City”.

Hairpin with crab and reed. 1834 or earlier. Daoquang period.
Hairpin with crab and reed. 1834 or earlier. Daoquang period. Silver with gilding, jade, kingfisher feather, pearl and ruby. Palace Museum, Gu10223. © The Palace Museum. Fair use license. via https://america.cgtn.com/2018/09/19/the-empresses-of-china
Bracelets with bats, peaches and flowers. Probably 19th or early 20th c.
Bracelets with bats, peaches and flowers. Probably 19th or early 20th c. Gilded silver, tortoiseshell, coral, kingfisher feather, pearl, ruby, jadeite, and tourmaline Palace Museum, Gu10371. © The Palace Museum. Fair use license. via http://www.alaintruong.com/archives/2018/08/18/36637303.html
Hairpin with figure and vase. 18th or 19th c.
Hairpin with figure and vase. 18th or 19th c. Gilded silver, pearl, sapphire, coral, turquoise and kingfisher feather. Palace Museum, Gu10130. © The Palace Museum, Beijing. Fair use license. via https://enfilade18thc.com/2018/11/14/exhibition-empresses-of-chinas-forbidden-city-1644-1912/

More exquisite items from this exhibit coming in future posts.

Embroidery that goes back and forth through time from the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. All in the public domain. Two of western origin, the others from Asia.

Ecclesiastical embroidery. Late 17th c.
Ecclesiastical embroidery on velvet. Late 17th c. French. Maker not known. via https://collections.lacma.org/node/246569
Pocketbook. 18th c.
Pocketbook. 18th c. French or Swiss. Silk satin with straw embroidery. via https://collections.lacma.org/node/243942
Table frontal. early 19th c.
Table frontal. early 19th c. Late Qing dynasty, Chinese. Silk and metallic thread embroidery on silk satin. via https://collections.lacma.org/node/209113
Kimono fragment with scattered triangles. Edo period, Japan (1615-1868).
Kimono fragment with scattered triangles. Edo period, Japan (1615-1868). Silk satin with wrapped silk embroidery. via https://collections.lacma.org/node/224943
Pidan hol (hanging or cover). 19th c.
Pidan hol (hanging or cover). 19th c. Cambodian. Silk. Khmer people, Kampot province, makers. via https://collections.lacma.org/node/179104