First rank crane square (pair). An interesting and valuable example of the early Ch'ing aversion to split the bird when they had to split the front square to attach it to their Manchu-style riding jacket; the front bird has been replaced by two, one on each side of the split, while the back one is in the usual form. The rich Kangxi style of satin stich over hog bristles for bird, clouds, etc., on couched gold background. After the disapearance of the peacock feathers on rock, this has been re-done in satin stitch at a later time; original border design remains although peacock feather background is now gone.
Purchased from Mrs. Cecil P. Reichel
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