A Silk Gauze Table Frontal with Three Large Five-Clawed Dragons
A silk gauze table frontal, embroidered in counted stitch with three large five-clawed dragons; the central dragon clasping a flaming pearl, flanked by two dragons with clouds grasped in their claws. The background of sinuous five-coloured clouds on a blue ground, above bold rocks, water and breaking waves. The upper edge with a pleated border of eleven dragon roundels set on a key-fret ground of white and blue.
Lined with imperial yellow silk damask, patterned with branches of coral, rhinoceros horn, flaming pearls and double axe heads.
Chinese, Qianglong period, 1736-1795
Height: 78 cms
Width: 251 cms
Collection of Prince Giovanni del Drago, 1987
For the companion table frontal see:
‘Emblems of Empire’: Selections from the Mactaggart Art Collection, University of Alberta Museums, pp. 131-132, 133, by John E. Vollmer & Jacqueline Simcox
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