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Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016


Extravagant Display

[Tablet with Design for a Carpet, China, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736–95) 
Gift of James F. Ballard, 1923, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.]

Less than seven inches high, this petite ivory model of a carpet is one of my favorite pieces on view in The Met's exhibition, Extravagant Display: Chinese Art in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries.  With its delicately rendered details, the tablet seems to epitomize the idea of little luxuries. Visual arts of the Qing dynasty were so dynamic, so lush, and have had such staying power, that the colors, textures and motifs associated with the period continue to permeate Western design today. According to the museum, the use of a precious material to make a carpet model speaks to the Qianlong Emperor's lavish style.

[Tablet with Design for a Carpet, China, Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Qianlong period (1736–95)
Gift of James F. Ballard, 1923, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.]

Above, another exquisite ivory model measuring 13 inches high.

[Box with Floral Design, China, Qing dynasty (1644–1911) 18th century, 
John Stewart Kennedy Fund, 1913, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.]

And one of the beautiful carved red lacquer pieces drawn from The Met's permanent collection. This tiny (roughly five inches wide) 18th-century example is topped with an abstract floral design.

[Vase, China,Qing dynasty (1644–1911) 18th century, Cloisonné enamel, H. 12 1/2 in. (31.8 cm) Gift of Edward G. Kennedy, 1929, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.]

Extravagant Display features multilayered lacquers, cloisonné objects, ivories, jades, porcelains, and textiles and will remain on view through May 1, 2011. The show will dovetail with The Emperor's Private Paradise, opening later at The Met the first of February. Click here for details.

Related past post: Jingtai Blue Christmas.


Unknown said...

How I wished I could see this marvellous exhibition in reality...

Mrs. Blandings said...

Really remarkable - thanks for the preview.

Fay said...

ill take the yellow one !!! Thankyou for the history lesson how wonderful Enjoy th new Year Fay xx

Emile de Bruijn said...

Wonderful vase. I am reading an excellent book just now, called 'Sensuous Surfaces', by Jonathan Hay (Reaktion, 2010), which explores how Qing decorative arts related to the domestic space as a whole.

home before dark said...

Still regretting that my BIL was the one who got the peacock cloisonne lamp. Sigh....

Happy new year and hope you have great projects lined out for that wonderful dad of yours.

Style Court said...

Happy New Year guys!

HBD, yes, my wheels are already turning :) And Emile, I must check that book out. Thanks!

Spots & Stripes said...

I would like to take the vase home, I have a table it would be perfect on!

Tokyo Jinja said...

Hoping to get to the Met tomorrow - I think it is closed today - as it is my only chance to see this. Happy New Year!!

Style Court said...

TJ --

Hope it works out for you! Happy New Year!