Lot 1021
A Chinese Embroidered Roundel with Imperial Dragon
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
Qing dynasty (1644-1912), Qianlong period (1736-95), dark navy satin embroidered with gold and silver wrapped thread and polychrome silk threads, with a frontal facing five clawed dragon to the center surrounded by scrolling peony vines above and swirling waves above ruyi head clouds below, flaming pearl below chest of dragon and a three-legged cockerel in a gold disk, one of the twelve symbols of Imperial authority, above his head.

12 3/4 x 13 in.

From the Collection of the late Dr. Schuyler Van Rensselaer Cammann (1912-1991), Esteemed Professor Emeritus in the Department of Oriental Studies, University of Pennsylvania

Schuyler Van Rensselaer Cammann was an American scholar renowned for his contributions to the field of art and archaeology of Asia, particularly Southeast Asian and Chinese art. He began his distinguished career at Yale University, where upon graduation he spent two years living in Changsha teaching English and European History. He traveled extensively at this time and developed a great interest and appreciation for Tibetan art. He returned to America to attend graduate school at Harvard, but before proceeding to his PhD, World War II broke out and Dr. Cammann returned to China to serve as a US naval officer. After the war, he completed his doctorate at John Hopkins and then went on to teach for many years at the University of Pennsylvania. He continued to conduct fieldwork expeditions to Asia. Over the length of his career, he received many notable awards and recognition for his scholarly contributions to the field of Asian art and archeology.

Very good estate condition.