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Monday, November 24, 2003

Sotheby's Ming 14th-17th century silk and metal wrapped parchment on a silk ground, lot 100:

"14th-17th century silk and metal wrapped parchment on a silk ground, original selvages, fragmentary on ends, oxidized metal, stains, holes,
The technique of wrapping or coating gilt metal strips on parchment or animal substrate dates back to at least the Mongol period (13th-14th centuries), for examples, please see Watt, James C.Y. and Wardwell, Anne E., When Silk was Gold, New York, 1997, pls. 28-34. This brocade features articulate lotus blossoms that relate closely to those found on Ming ceramics and carpets such as the fragment in the Museum für Kunsthandwerk, Frankfurt, see Franses, Michael, 'Early Ninghsia Carpets,' Hali, vol. 5, no. 2, fig. 6, p. 136."