* A Large Chinese Imperial Silk and Metallic Thread Carpet
late qing dynasty
of large retangular form, finely woven with metallic threads depicting two pavilions and a pair of cranes surrounding by lotus scrolls against a brown ground, the borders with flowering branches and keyfret bands, the top register embroidered with five characters reading Ningshou Gong beiyong ("For the use in the Palace of Heavenly Tranquility").
105 x 62 1/2 inches.
Property from the Collection of Thomas Bierbrodt, Mundelein, Illinois
For three examples with similar marks, see the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, accession number 63.58; The Imperial Sale: Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Christie's Hong Kong, April 29, 2002, sale 2110, lot 583; The Lai Family Collection of Fine Chinese Furniture and Works of Art, Christie's New York, September 17, 2015, sale 3769, lot 962.
For five examples with similar decoration, see Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Sotheby's London, November 8, 2002, lot 95; November 9, 2011, lot 133; November 6, 2013, lot 296; and two from the MGM Art Collection, Macau.