An authentic Rank Badge from the Qing Dynasty. The badge is made of "petit point" technique also called counted thread on silk gauze mesh. The central image of a peacock indicates it was for a civil official of the third rank. The bird and the sun had been worked separately and appliquéd to the panel. The peacock stands on a central rock, with waves below. A red disc represents the sun in the upper left corner. Geometrically patterned sky with scroll clouds. Arranged in a circle around ...click for details
A very finely executed 19th Century Chinese silk embroidered panel. The work is rich and detailed with the decoration of pine tree, crane and deer motif. The image of a crane with its wings out stretched and one leg raised up is a symbol of longevity. This longevity symbol when combined with a spotted deer and the pine is known as the 'prolonged life' design; In Chinese it is "He Lu Tong Chun". The center motifs are surrounded with flowers and crouched gold wire of connecting & ...click for details
Chinese jade bracelet bangle with two dragon chasing a pearl. Ming Dynasty, 16/17th century. Fine light-greenish white jade well carved with a lot of details showing the typical carving techniques of late Ming period.
The motif of two dragon chasing a flaming pearl has a long history in China dating back over 2,000 years. It was originated with dragon-lantern dance praying to Heaven for rain and good harvest. It late ...click for details
Cloud Collar is a detachable collar with pattern of clouds. The cloud collar was developed from the feather coat during the Sui Dynasty (581-618). The ancient noblewomen with ranks given by the emperor all wore it. However, the sun, moon and the dragon could not be used as decorations for the cloud collar. The cloud collar were both exquisite and subtle. In Ming Dynasty (from 1368 to 1644), women wore cloud collar as a decoration for protocol suit. In Qing dynasty (1644-1911), the cloud collar w ...click for details
There is no civilization that has relied as much as the Chinese on carving inscriptions into stone as a way of preserving the memory of its history and culture. By the beginning of the seventh century, or perhaps much earlier, the Chinese had found a method of making multiple copies of old inscribed records, using paper and ink. Rubbings (also known as inked squeezes) in effect “print” the inscription, making precise copies that can be carried away and treasured. For at least a thousand years, s ...click for details
This Chinese purse was made with silk satin fabric and hand embroidered with silk thread using a satin embroidery stitch. The edges are bound with carefully aligned silk threads. The quality of the materials and workmanship clearly show that this purse was used by a person with high social status.
An attractive Chinese silk purse probably imperial from the imperial workshop. The bag in a shape of vase which means "Ping An" (peace and secure), worked on blue satin with colorful knotstitch and gold and silver wire, and both sides embroidered with flowers and butterfly, implicated the meaning of growth and transform. Each silk tassel is showing Chinese character "Shou" (longivity). Beautiful color combination. ...click for details
A charming and complete Chinese embroidered fan case dated to 19th century with the original handle attached. On both sides hand embroidered with two scenes on the different silk background. Chinese landscape on one side and three crabs and a flying bee on the other side, showing the pleasures of life. Size: 11 3/4" long.
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