Hand-embroidered Chinese shawl, c. 1900. Expertly hand-embroidered with a floral pattern of satin stitch. The intense red and blue flowers are nicely set off against a pleasing peach flower. The graceful delicacy of the small flowers contrasts with the bold brilliance of the large flowers, whose dazzling verisimilitude nature herself would envy. When the magnificent design is viewed up close, you can see why Chinese hand embroidery is sought after by collectors.