Chinese carpet

Chinese carpet, silk and metal thread
from eastern China
Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) circa 1800
Size: 283 x 189 cm

The central lobate medallion with a five clawed dragon chasing a flaming pearl on a fretwork and flowerhead field, the lobate spandrels with further five clawed dragons within an inner pearl border and wider meandering flowerhead border.
Provenance: Collection of Joaquim Eulalio do Nascimento e Silva, Brazilian ambassador to Chongqing from 1944 – 1946.