Mandarin Duck, Seventh Rank Civil Official

Mandarin Duck, Seventh Rank Civil Official

late 1700s-early 1900s
Country
China
badge, insignia
Silk embroidery on silk
Neusteter Textile Collection: Gift of James P. Grant and Betty Grant Austin
1977.251

Mandarin Duck Seventh Rank Civil Official Badge, China, late 1700s-early 1800s. Silk and metal thread embroidery on silk. Neusteter Textile Collection: Gift of James P. Grant and Betty Grant Austin, 1977.251.

Dimensions
height: 11 in, 27.9400 cm; width: 11 1/2 in, 29.2100 cm
Department
Textile Art and Fashion
Collection
Textile Art and Fashion-Asian
Central duck figure looking toward red silk disk embroidered into clouds. Two bats above. Bird is above waves. Also included are peonies, a narcissus and other birds. Deep blue silk background. Figure and designs in reds, blues, greens, ivories. A repeated motif in gold thread creates a border. Backing cloth is pale blue.
Known Provenance
Inherited 1973 by Mr. James P. Grant and Mrs. Betty Grant Austin [Denver, CO, 1922-1995 and 1920-2006]; gifted December 1977 by Mr. James Grant and Mrs. Betty Grant Austin to the Denver Art Museum
Exhibition History
  • "Threads of Heaven: Silken Legacy of China's Last Dynasty," October 30, 2011 - January 29, 2012 (DAM)
  • "Threads of Heaven: Silken Legacy of China's Last Dynasty," Februrary 7 - May 18, 2014 (Taft Museum, Cincinnati, OH)