1st item: Japanese scroll, ink on laid paper, depicting an allegorical scene of a young person entwined in a cord with a haggard looking, sword-carrying older man, all mounted on silk. Red seal stamp lower left. Image – 9" H x 16 1/2" W. Overall – 46 1/2" H x 24 1/4" W. 2nd-6th items: Group of 5 Chinese embroidered silk textiles. Includes a drawstring bag in the style of a Qing Dynasty buzi rank badge, featuring a silver colored phoenix and "Forbidden Stitch" embroidered symbols below including the fungus of longevity and waves -10 5/8" H x 12 1/8" W; large rectangular embroidered silk textile with two hanging ties or sashes (possibly part of a ceremonial costume) embroidered with auspicious symbols, the main textile featuring a procession scene with Zhang Guolao (one of the Eight Immortals) on horseback, holding a sprig of greenery and surrounded by phoenix, butterflies, and flowers, with bats, chrysanthemums, and men with carrying poles – 29 1/4" H x 44 1/4" W; and three rectangular embroidered silk panels, one featuring vases of chrysanthemums; one with chrysanthemums, a bowl of peaches, flowers, and bats in top left corner; and one with chrysanthemums, butterflies, and bats. Ranging in size from 15 1/2" H x 12 1/2" W to 16 1/8" H x 14 1/8" W. All late 19th to early 20th century. Provenance: East Tennessee collection, by descent from Edwin V. Hill, M.D., deceased 1969. Dr. Hill was a faculty member of Tufts and Harvard Medical Schools and served as a Colonel in the U.S. Army. He collected Asian arts during his military tour in the Far East theatre, including China and Japan, prior to 1964. CONDITION: 1st item: Scuffs, largest 1", surface of paper. Overall toning to paper. Area of damage, top left to scroll silk. 5" area of separation of scroll from wooden pole, top right. 6th items: General light fading, wear to silks. Stains, largest 3/4", surface and en verso large rectangular embroidery. 5 3/8" area of separation border from silk, top right of large rectangular embroidery.
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