A long Chinese silk panel embroidered its entire length with gold couched threads. The panel is a pair of mirror images joined in the center. It was probably originally a pair of robe sleeve bands.
Two rectangular wide bands replete with embroidered five-clawed dragons, phoenix, goldfish, flowers, mythical beasts flying amongst the clouds, waves and a mountain. These designs are embroidered on a blue – almost turquoise - silk ground and joined in the center. Each half is a mirror image of the other. A broad beige silk band embroidered with very small and fine flowers, peacock feathers, and butterflies frames the panels. The back is a green silk. The piece has a black silk edge.
There are no marks or labels. One corner on the back has the remnant of a paper label.
48 5/8” (123.5 cm) long x 12 ¾” (32.4 cm) wide. Weighs 4.8 oz (140 g)
The central blue silk panels are in very good shape. There is only one flower that has a pulled thread. There is no unraveling or staining otherwise on this central panel. The beige embroidered border has staining and some unraveling. The backing looks good with no staining.
I love the design of the five claw dragons and the phoenix. It gives it an imperial panache. It is in very good shape for the age."