Sliding Box Pocket

Sliding Box Pocket

1875-1899
Country
China
pocket, box, sliding
Silk and metal thread embroidery on silk
Neusteter Textile Collection: Gift of James P. Grant and Betty Grant Austin
1977.419
. Sliding Box Pocket. 1875-1899. Silk and metal thread embroidery on silk. Neusteter Textile Collection: Gift of James P. Grant and Betty Grant Austin. 1977.419.
Dimensions
length: 5 5/8 in, 14.2875 cm; overall length: 17 in, 43.1800 cm; width: 2 7/8 in, 7.3025 cm
Department
Textile Art and Fashion
Collection
Textile Art and Fashion-Asian
The two sides of this box have different exquisitely embroidered, highly detailed images. On a lavender-colored background, cranes, a pair of peacocks, and other birds appear amid flowers, a pine tree and a rock. The three rams and red sun on the opposite side represent wishes for a "new start with auspicious possibilities and chances for prosperity."
Known Provenance
Inherited 1973 by Mr. James P. Grant and Mrs. Betty Grant Austin [Denver, CO, 1922-1995 and 1920-2006]; gifted December 1977 by Mr. James Grant and Mrs. Betty Grant Austin to the Denver Art Museum
Exhibition History
  • "Threads of Heaven: Silken Legacy of China's Last Dynasty," October 30, 2011 - January 29, 2012 (DAM)
  • "Threads of Heaven: Silken Legacy of China's Last Dynasty," Februrary 7 - May 18, 2014 (Taft Museum, Cincinnati, OH)