Late Ming Dynasty
Third rank peacock square; made over for early Qing use by the addition of a sun disc. Bird done in couched gold; clouds and spray in Bokhara couching; waves in split stitch. This multiplication of stitches was characteristic of the Ming, but might have carried over for a short time. The sun has been added later (but a long time ago) by attatching a circle of red silk in applique. Very valuable as an almost unique survival from a relatively early period; this still has affinities with 52-23-11, somewhat smaller and slightly later then this one.
Purchased from Mrs. Cecil P. Reichel
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