7 November 2008,
London, South Kensington
Price realised GBP 1,500
Estimate GBP 1,000 - GBP 1,500
An Imperial Edict, Daoguang (1821-50)
dated to 1850, written on silk brocade woven with a pattern of scattered ruyi-clouds mounted as a handscroll, the text arranged in the standard form reading from left to right in Manchu and repeated from right to left in Chinese characters, the Chinese text opening with a four-character title in a vertical line 'Fengtian Gaoming' (By Command of Heaven), flanked by a pair of dragons, followed by a long text ending with the date corresponding to 1850, stamped with a large seal impression, continuing with the Manchu text -- 13in. x 70½in. (33cm. x 177.8cm.)
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