27 November 2007
AN IMPERIAL YELLOW SILK BROCADE HANGING
QING DYNASTY, 18TH/19TH CENTURY
Finely woven with nine five-clawed dragons; three frontal dragons arranged vertically at the centre, bordered by three leaping dragons in profile either side, the dragons woven in gold thread surrounded by vaporous clouds and 'flaming pearls' picked out in salmon, blue, green and cream reserved on a golden satin ground, all above a narrow band of the terrestial diagram at the hem
65 x 63¾ in. (165 x 161 cm.)
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Compare with a slightly larger reactangular hanging with the same design sold at Christie's Los Angeles, 20 May 1998, lot 98.
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