Kesi tapestry of calligraphy by Dong Qichang, copying letters from the Four Masters of the Northern Song

缂丝董其昌临宋四家尺牍

Chinese
Qing dynasty, Qianlong period
1735–96
Original by Dong Qichang (Chinese, 1555–1636)


Dimensions

29.5 x 289.5 cm (11 5/8 x 114 in.)

Accession Number

2005.193

Medium or Technique

Dyed blue-black and undyed silk yarns in weft-faced tabby-weave fabric utilizing the kesi tapestry technique to create calligraphy.

On View

Paul and Helen Bernat Gallery (Gallery 274)

Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Provenance

June 13, 1984, sale, Sotheby's, New York, lot 14, to a Hong Kong collector; 1997, sold by the Hong Kong collector to Stephen McGuiness, Plum Blossom Gallery, New York; 1998, sold by Stephen McGuiness to Linda Wrigglesworth Ltd, London; sold by Linda Wrigglesworth to Mrs. Amy S. Clague, Phoenix, Arizona; 2005, sold by Mrs. Amy S. Clague to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 27, 2005)

Credit Line

Charles Bain Hoyt Fund