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    Sale 2623

    Dowager Empress Cixi: Elegance of the Late Qing

    3 December 2008, Hong Kong

  • Lot 2277

    A LARGE IMPERIAL YELLOW EMBROIDERED SILK 'DRAGON' HANGING

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    A LARGE IMPERIAL YELLOW EMBROIDERED SILK 'DRAGON' HANGING
    QING DYNASTY, LATE 19TH CENTURY

    Boldly embroidered in coloured silk and gold-wrapped threads on an imperial yellow ground, featuring a frontal five-clawed dragon coiled around a 'flaming pearl' amidst scrolling clouds, above a jar supporting a basket containing peaches, orchids and lingzhi fungus sprigs with a bat on the top, and on each side suspending a beribboned qing (stone chime) and double-fish from the rim, flanked by cranes in flight holding peach sprigs and two dragons in profile chasing 'flaming pearls' amidst stylised clouds interspersed with bats picked out in red, blue, green, cream and purple, all above the terrestrial diagram with babao treasures and lishui stripe at the hem
    9ft. 3in. x 10ft. 3in. (282 cm x 312.5 cm) long


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    This exceptionally large imperial hanging might have functioned as a curtain or a palace furnishing. Large tapestry and embroidered curtains with imperial dragon imagery were used in the throne rooms and palaces throughout the Forbidden City. These large panels exhibit the same symbolic colouration and celestial-landscape imagery encountered in court robes. Other similar imperial hangings can be seen in the collection of Minneapolis Institute of Arts, illustrated by R. Jacobsen in Imperial Silks: Ch'ing Dynasty Textiles in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, 2000, pp. 957-963. Also compare with a smaller silk brocade hanging with dragons dated to 18th/19th centuries sold at Christie's Hong Kong, November 27 2007, lot 1825.

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