A very rare portrait of the highest ranking official in the Emperor's court. This is based on the rank badge of the crane and the red hat.
The painting is very intricate with a lot of gold work. The sleeves are painted with the heads of the Imperial Dragon and in the center there is a painting of the elusive flying pearl. The tips of the armrests and carved with the Linzhi mushroom. The word lingzhi, in Chinese, means "herb of spiritual potency" and has also been described as "mushroom of immortality" because of its presumed health benefits and apparent absence of side-effects, it has attained a reputation in the East as the ultimate herbal substance.
The chair is most likely Huanghuali.
Age: eighteen hundreds.
Size: 230cm x 110cm.
Condition; Wear around the edges. Some water marks throughout. Some paper pealing on the face. Overall in good condition considering the age.