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    Sale 2623

    Dowager Empress Cixi: Elegance of the Late Qing

    3 December 2008, Hong Kong

  • Lot 2266

    AN IMPERIAL YELLOW EMBROIDERED THRONE-BACK CUSHION COVER

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    AN IMPERIAL YELLOW EMBROIDERED THRONE-BACK CUSHION COVER
    QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY

    The imperial yellow satin rectangular cover with a scalloped top edge finely embroidered in polychrome threads and couched in gold thread to the central panel with a shou character and clouds suspending ruyi pendant with musical stone qin flanked by '100 bats' in flight amid multi-coloured scrolling clouds, above the terrestrial diagram emerging from a turbulent sea of rolling border below a gold couched fu medallion, the borders decorated with chrysanthemum scrolls and foshou citrus fruits worked in Peking knots detail
    31 1/2 x 39 3/8 in. (80 x 100 cm.)


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    Previously sold at Christie's Hong Kong, The Imperial Sale, 28 April 1996, lot 37.

    Embroidered Imperial yellow embroidered satin throne-back cushion covers related to the current example can be seen still in situ on the thrones in the Hall of Supreme Principle, Taijidian, and the Palace of Eternal Spring, Changchundian in the Palace Museum, illustrated by Hu Chui in The Forbidden City, Beijing, 1998, p. 52, and 55. Also compare to another Imperial yellow cushion cover sold at Christie's New York, 24 March, 2004, lot 25.