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19TH C QING GOLD EMBROIDERED SILK DRAGON PANEL, CHAOFU SKIRT

19TH C QING GOLD EMBROIDERED SILK DRAGON PANEL, CHAOFU SKIRT


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Textiles: Pre 1900: Item # 1334417
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19th century
Late Qing Dynasty
Silk and gold-foiled threads
Width: 127 cm / 50 in
Length: 62.5 cm / 24.6 in
From a Pennsylvania estate

A large 127 x 62.5 cm silk panel created from fabric originally intended for a chaofu court robe. The five-clawed dragons were created entirely from silk threads covered with gold foil, which couldn't be sewn through the fabric, so they were instead tacked down via a technique called 'couching'. The panel itself features five dragon medallion roundels, framed above and below by additional dragons hovering above roaring sea waves crashing against rocks, interspersed with auspicious Buddhist symbols. The chaofu, also known as an 'audience' robe, was the most formal type of court dress at the Qing court. These blue-black robes were worn by Qing nobles, high-ranking civil and military officials, and imperial guards.

Condition: Very excellent antique condition. The front fabric is sturdy and complete, with no staining and no variations in colors. There are some minor cases of loose threads, and the blue silk backing to the reserve shows some stains. But overall, this panel is in amazing condition for an antique textile. [Please examine all photos carefully, as they are part of the condition report.]