Antique Chinese Oriental Ningshia Carpet, Late 18th Century - This magnificent antique Ningshia Chinese carpet, undoubtedly produced in an imperial workshop, displays the famous 'hundred and one gifts' pattern. An array of lavish objects or furnishings - vases, chests, flowerpots, etc. - float in life-like perspective on a soft camel ground all around an openwork central medallion with stylized flowers and a pair of dragons. Delicate vinescroll cornerpieces and dragon half-medallions appear along the edges of the field. Trompe l'oeuil meander borders enclose the whole design. The exceptional quality of the composition and the drawing is matched by the lovely colors - reds blues, and rusts, and tans - which are warm and soft yet effective in their contrasts.
Size: 13 ft 04 in x 15 ft 09 in (4.06 m x 4.80 m)