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A large embroidered panel from the late Ming, early Qing dynasty.
The embroidery has been remounted on a cream-colored silk ground, as illustrated in the catalogue.
The left foreleg of the deer now lost.
Overall with minor scattered areas of losses, fraying, staining and light discoloration.
Please note the piece has not been examined out of its frame.
Asian Decorative Arts
Acquired in China circa early 20th century, and thence by descent.
For silk hangings with Shoulao depicted with a similar expression and beard, compare a Ming dynasty example with the immortal atop a crane, included in Special Exhibition of Embroidery, National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1992, cat. no. 11, and a late 17th-early 18th-century silk hanging of the Three Star Gods in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, acc. no. 1977.263. See also an embroidered hanging scroll of Shoulao with a deer, attributed to the 17th/18th century, sold at Christie's New York, 15th-16th January 2008, lot 773, and another panel attributed to the Qing dynasty, sold in these rooms, 19th September 2002, lot 203.
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