February 08, 2020 09:00 AM EST Asheville, North Carolina


Imperial Chinese Throne Room Rug

Qing dynasty, peacock blue field with lions, mythical beasts, dogs, ruyi shaped clouds, running dog form border, Chinese Kanji script, 13 ft. 6 in. x 13 ft. 1 in.

Note: Per family history this rug was gifted to the consignor's great uncle, George Evans, by the Empress Dowager Tsu His (also referred to as Empress Dowager Cixi or “Dragon Lady”) the noble consort of Hsien Feng (Xian Feng) and mother of his first born son. Mr. Evans was instrumental in work done on China's Grand Canal.

Based on translation of the carpet’s Kanji, it appears to have been a gift to Emperor Hsien Feng (Xian Feng) from close court members in 1857 to celebrate the first birthday of his first born son, Zaichun, a significant occurrence in Chinese culture as it relates to inheritance of the throne. The carpet is described in the Kanji as an Emperor Carriage or throne chair carpet.

Kanji Translation:

Center Panel reads: Emperor Carriage. Your loyal servants Tung Hui Wa, Wu Lyoung Tsi Syoung, Lyong grandchild (of ) Lee Sur, Chen grandchild (of) Tu Dong. Joy Magnificent Large Quantity Enormous From Our heart We Present You.

Side Panels read: Xian Feng in the seventh year on a fortunate spring day, first day of strong will

Corner Panels read: Your loyal servant (representing a group), Chen grandchild (of) Tu Dong Wu Ta Chung  May you be the role model moral leader, leader of justice may that permeate around the country.


Provenance:Dowager Empress Cixi; George Evans, U.S. Naval Architect; By Descent in Family


loss to ends, wear to selvedge, areas of wear to pile with visible foundation, staining, small area of restoration about 3 in. as seen in photos

Estimate: $6,000 - $9,000
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