consisting of three joined panels of cut and uncut silk velvet, centred with a large orange chrysanthemum bloom surrounded by six smaller blooms, all outlined in silvery grey thread, on a dense ground of foliate scrolls in gilt metal-wrapped thread against a honey-coloured cut-pile background, enclosed within a triple border of geometric fretwork, meandering lotus scroll and wan symbol key-fret
The Textile Gallery, London since 1982.
Lady Schiennen Collection, Kent, England.
Asian Art Gallery, London, 2007.
Luxurious in design and materials, a section of a velvet cover related in style and decoration to the corners of the present piece is in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, coll. no. M.80.23.1. Compare a later carpet, woven with cream and red lotus flowers on a dark purple-blue velvet ground, included in the exhibition The Art of Textiles, Spink & Son, London, 1989, cat. no. 83, along with further silk velvet panels embroidered with various designs, such as an earlier 'dragons' hanging, cat. no. 42, and a panel with bats on a swastika ground, cat. no. 75.Silk pile cut-velvet appears to have been available in China from at least the beginning of the sixteenth century and were made in small quantities at factories in the south of China at Changzhou and Nanjing as tribute to the court.
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