Family Gathering on New Year's Morning


late 1760s
Overall: 257.8 x 377.8 cm (101 1/2 x 148 3/4 in.)
Location: not on view
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This European-style tapestry depicts a family gathering, in a woven Western picture frame, that presumably once furnished the Hall of Cultivating the Mind (Yangxin dian) in the Forbidden City. The tapestry employs Western perspective and shading combined with the traditional Chinese subject of a family gathering in a palace, including motifs expressing wishes for good fortune and for a peaceful reign.

In 1766, six French tapestries had been presented to the Chinese court. The Qianlong emperor was so intrigued that he commissioned tapestries in the French style from Suzhou. Records mention an imperial order for tapestries in the Western style, such as this one, in 1769, 1770, and 1775.
Family Gathering on New Year's Morning

Family Gathering on New Year's Morning

late 1760s

China, Qing dynasty (1644-1911)

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