An imperial yellow silk cushion of ruyi-head shape, embroidered with a lotus flowers and peonies amongst curling leaves and a fretwork frame. The main field embroidered in satin stitch and with motifs outlined in gold thread and details in Peking knots; the border worked with finely laid cord in shades of blue and coral silks.
Chinese, Qianlong period, 1736 – 1795
An identical example is in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, acc. no. 41.67.1
Illustrated: Imperial Silks: Ch’ing Dynasty Textiles in The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, by Robert D. Jacobsen, no. 429
*All furnishings in the imperial palaces were yellow. Those in the emperor’s apartments were decorated with dragons; for the empress the decoration was of phoenix and elsewhere throughout the buildings they were variously decorated with flowers, geometric patterns and auspicious emblems.
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