18th - 19th Century
Long textile, designed as a chair cover, shows four vertically stacked sections of decoration. Each section was intended to cover a different part of the chair. At the bottom are depicted waves with a rock and two lions around a brocaded ball. This section would have hung off the seat of the chair. Above, a lotus blossom in a four-point foliated border, clouds, and an auspicious fan and stack of books would have ornamented the chair seat. Above, a four-clawed dragon with a pearl would have been on the chair’s back splat. Finally, the section showing one inverted four-clawed dragon would have draped over the back of the chair. A band of dragons and vapors with clouds borders the textile on all four sides. C274 and C275 are a pair.
Purchased from C. T. Loo, 1916
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