392.4 cm (154 1/2 inches) (length)
(for the European (possibly French) market
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Duncan H. Mauran
This lively silk textile is hand-painted with vines and birds and bordered by a garland of flowers. In the 1700s, Chinese artisans produced painted silk wall hangings and wallpaper for export. These were entirely new products developed for the European market, and unlike anything used in domestic Chinese interiors. The white base fabric, made using a Chinese technique known as gauze weave, is translucent. This quality may have been exploited in this textile’s use as a screen or room divider.