AN IMPERIAL EMBROIDERED DRAGON ROUNDEL, BUZI
QING DYNASTY, EARLY 19TH CENTURY
The circular badge is finely embroidered depict a front facing five-clawed dragon worked in couched gold threads embracing a 'flaming pearl', all against a dense ground of multi-coloured clouds interspersed with red bats above jagged mountains emerging from crested waves. The reverse of the roundel is tagged with a yellow label inscribed with a character.
12 3/4 in. (32.4 cm.) diam.
The current roundel was made for a surcoat of an Imperial princess. The yellow label on its underside suggests that it was once housed in the Imperial Palace depositories for court attires.
Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art