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SOLD Antique Chinese Ming Dynasty Brocade Damask Silk Woven With Dragons


SOLD Extremely Rare, Antique, Chinese Ming Dynasty, (1368–1644), brocade damask silk panel, finely hand woven in one piece in multicolored silk and gold thread with a rondel motifs design. Each of the rondel is woven on the center with two dragons playing with a pearl, and bordered by the repeating pattern of a horned dragon’s head. The back is lined with raw silk.

The brocade damask silk with rondels pattern was a very popular design of the Tang and Song Dynasty silk brocades, but can also be very often seen on Ming Dynasty silk brocades.

Since this Brocade silk, woven with gold, is very shiny, we were unable to take proper photographs. The pictures don’t justify the extremely high quality, rich colors of this fabric, and the brightness of the gold, which in fact, looks much better, showing brighter gold, richer colors and finer details.

This beautiful brocade silk is a masterpiece of Chinese art, heavily woven in gold, which was an expensive luxury fabric, typically strictly reserved for imperial nobility, high-ranking officials, Buddhists, and Taoist temples and high ranking priests.

Due to the fact that the market is flooded by reproductions of Chinese textiles which for inexperienced collectors look the same as the authentic antique textiles, we would like to inform our clients that this is a 100% authentic antique Chinese Ming Dynasty fabric, and not a reproduction, and is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.

PROVENANCE: From an old Canadian collection of Oriental Art.

CONDITION: In excellent condition considering its age and the material from which it is made, showing the age and usage, with one minor hole. The back lining with stain marks, all of this is an aspect of a used antique fabric that is over 300 years old.

DIMENSIONS: Since this is an antique fabric panel, it can’t be expected to be exactly even. The size which we are providing is, approximately: 69 cm x 67 cm (27.16 inches X 26.38 inches).

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