1866
1866

PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN GENTLEMAN

AN IMPERIAL 'DRAGON' TEXTILE
QING DYNASTY, LATE 17TH CENTURY
Estimate
700,000900,000
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1866

PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN GENTLEMAN

AN IMPERIAL 'DRAGON' TEXTILE
QING DYNASTY, LATE 17TH CENTURY
Estimate
700,000900,000
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Details & Cataloguing

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AN IMPERIAL 'DRAGON' TEXTILE
QING DYNASTY, LATE 17TH CENTURY

the rectangular embroidery featuring a powerful four-clawed golden dragon with a sinuous body rising leaping above crashing waves to grab a partially visible 'flaming pearl', surrounded by colourful clouds, all on a rich blue silk ground, the dragon's body finely articulated in dense couched gold threads


217 by 93 cm., 85 1/2 by 36 1/2 in.
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Provenance

Private Collection, Hong Kong , late 1980s.
John Eskenazi Ltd., London, 1990.
Private Collection, U.K.,1994-2005.
John Eskenazi Ltd., London, 2007.

Exhibited

John Eskenazi, Chinese Silk Textiles from 14th -18th Century, Milan, February - March 1995.

 

Literature

Hali, issue 79, February / March 1995, pp. 58-59.

Catalogue Note

Dynamically composed and sumptuously embroidered, this panel is impressive for its remarkable size and intricate craftsmanship. Compare a hanging of a frontal dragon embroidered on velvet included in the exhibition Heavens' Embroidered Cloths. One Thousand Years of Chinese Textiles, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 1995, cat. no. 9. For an elaborate table frontal embroidered with three similarly rendered dragons, see one exhibited in Weaving China's Past. The Amy S. Clague Collection of Chinese Textiles, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, 2000, cat. no. 22.

FINE CHINESE CERAMICS & WORKS OF ART

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Hong Kong