A large Imperial 'nine-dragon' embroidered silk throne cushion  18th/19th century
Lot 405W
A large Imperial 'nine-dragon' embroidered silk throne cushion 18th/19th century
Sold for £55,250 (US$ 89,172) inc. premium

Lot Details
A large Imperial 'nine-dragon' embroidered silk throne cushion
18th/19th century
Richly embroidered in soft blue, yellow, cream and green silk contrasting with brilliant gold-wrapped thread depicting a front-facing five-clawed dragon encircling a flaming pearl whilst clutching a finger-citron, surrounded by eight further five-clawed dragons variously holding peaches, pomegranates, a ruyi-head, musical stone and lotus tassel, four of the dragons also with flaming pearls, all surrounded by the Eight Daoist Symbols and bats amid cloud scrolls, all enclosed by a border of mountains and water including Lake Tai rockwork and lingzhi fungus in each corner, framed and glazed.
The frame 127cm x 125cm (50in x 49 1/8in)

Footnotes

  • 十八/十九世紀 黃地繡九龍紋寶座墊

    Provenance: acquired from John Sparks Ltd., London, on 22 November 1948 (invoice dated 31 December 1948)
    An English private collection

    來源:1948年11月22日購於倫敦古董商John Sparks (發票日期為1948年12月31日)
    英國私人收藏

    Silk textiles adorned the palaces and great houses of China, and the style and colours chosen brought the appropriate level of solemnity for formal and ritual occasions and revealed the rank of the users. The present piece, of superb quality and with nine dragons, can be associated with the Emperor or close members of the Imperial family.

    Similar throne cushions can be found in both private and museum collections; see for example, the embroidered throne cover in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, no.95.95.8 and another in the same collection but made in the kesi technique and dated to the Kangxi period, no.42.8.231. Another example but with only five dragons is illustrated by J.E.Vollmer, Silks for Thrones and Altars: Chinese Costumes and Textiles, Paris, 2003, no.29. A yellow-ground nine-dragon cover was sold at Christie's New York, 22-23 March 2012, lot 1622.
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