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|137.||Folk Art Quad Panel 1: hand embroidered scenes
If what you like is folk art, this four panel piece of Xiangxiu (Xiang Xiu) style of Chinese embroidery art illustrates country scenes in a more folksy motif. Depicted are farmers with their harvests strapped to three-wheel bicycles, as you might see, today, in the countryside of China. The next panel shows an outdoor picnic scenes. In the third panel is shown the evening after-dinner get-together, in the backyard of a house, in a village with a snow-capped mountain, in the background. In the final panel are shown street, food vendors, which are also much a part of life, in China, everywhere, today. The down-to-earth four scene panel shows a true slice of life in China, in a folk art format that gives it a simple but eternal appeal. The bright primary colors give it even more natural charm.
Framed and matted under glass, 45 x 45 cm (shipped minus the glass).
Lotus Blossoms with Swallow: hand embroidered & lightly painted landscape
This is one in a series of three embroidered works done by the Xiangxiu (Xiang Xiu) style embroidery studio, in Hunan Province, whose work we have included in the catalogue. It is done in the older Chinese brush and ink style of portraiture, which it mimics with embroidery and some minor shading with paint. The scene depicts lotus blossoms, a classical Chinese artistic theme, with a swallow swooping down from the sky. Perhaps he is going to land or just scoop up a mouthful of water from the pond. Also, from the older Chinese style of brush-and-ink is the sparse use of colors other than black and white. The only colors are pink and yellow with the lotus blossoms, using both colors, while the swallow uses only the yellow.
It is actually quite a beautiful scene in this style, and it is incredible that it is made from embroidery, not brush and ink. The flowers show depth and variation of colors, and even the black and white parts of the scene show light and shadow. A poem is inscribed in older Chinese characters to give it an even more ancient Chinese art feel. This landscape scene comes matted and framed and measures 47.5 cm by 41,5, framed. It, along with its other two mates, is an especially good choice, if you like the Chinese brush and ink style of painting (shipped minus the glass).
Tropical Paradise: Xiangxiu style Chinese hand-embroidered landscape
This scene could be in Florida, Hawaii, California, or any other tranquil tropical getaway with palm trees and quaint cottages. The blue skies with a few puffy clouds, the bushy gardens, the picket fence and the whitewashed wooden houses make the scene even more inviting and bucolic. It makes you wish that you were really there, and having this beautiful embroidery piece hanging on you wall will let your mind take you there whenever you look at it. It was made at an embroidery studio, in Hunan, in the Xiangxiu (Xiang Xiu) style. Matted and framed, under glass, as shown, 59 x 47 cm (shipped minus the glass).
Wheat Bouquet: hand embroidered portrait
This simple Xiangxiu (Xiang Xiu) style Chinese hand-embroidered image of a bouquet of wheat shafts is so lifelike that you might think that it is one of those cutesy, folksy real bouquets of wheat under glass that I always saw for sale for the tourists when I lived in the country, in Bucks and Lancaster Counties, in Pennsylvania.
The detail is so intense that it even appears that there is a shadow from the wheat on the background, as if it really is a real bouquet under glass, but it is not: it's just highly-detailed and extremely well-done embroidery art. The ribbon, too, has light and shadow worked into its presentation to make it look fluffy and real. Although it may appear simple, at first sight, because it is such a highly detailed work of embroidery art, it actually takes a whole three months of working day and night to complete. Matted and framed under glass it measures 93 cm x 70 cm. Because of the size, it will be dismantled and shipped, rolled, for you to have re-stretched on your end.
Red Leaf Fall
(small): hand embroidered landscape
If you liked the larger version of this picture, but you don't have room for such a large wall hanging, you might want to settle for this version, instead. The difference between this one and the larger rendition is partly accomplished by scrunching the stream into a narrower version, by cutting off some of the scene around the sides, and by diminishing some of the detail. However, the work, itself, is by no means diminished. The colors, the details, and workmanship, in this Xiangxiu (Xiang Xiu) style Chinese embroidery, still make this an extraordinary piece of craftsmanship that you will be proud to own. It's just easier to find room for this smaller one to show it off and enjoy it. Framed and matted under glass, 52 x 62 cm (shipped minus the glass).
|We have other Xiangxiu embroidery art that is not included in the Leona Craig Art Gallery online. To see more, please, email us and we will send pictures of them to you.|
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