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Antique Silk Chinese Embroidery with Antique Chinese Gilt Button, Vintage Brass, Lapis Pendant on Russet Silk Band

  • This is an exquisite piece of antique Chinese silk, embroidered with gold “couched thread”, a complex and highly skilled technique. The embroidery dates from the late 19th century, the Ching Dynasty. It is attached to a peach silk border.

  • From the embroidery hangs a 19th century Chinese, gilt button, most probably worn on a hat or possibly a robe. It measures 1 inch across (2.5 cm).

  • A vintage Afghan, etched brass lozenge shaped pendant, 2 inches long (5 cm) x 1 ½ inches wide, (4 cm), and 6mm deep, hangs at the button of the necklace on tiny lapis beads. The pendant has an inset of natural lapis.

  • The pendants hang on a handmade russet silk/polyester band. The band’s clasp consists of a jade bead which fits into one of two stretchable silk rings, enabling the wearer to vary the length. My silver label is attached at the ring.

  • The necklace comes, like all my necklaces, with its own colour co-ordinated silk brocaded pouch bag, made by a Shanghai tailor.

  • The necklace measures 18 Inches round (45.5 cm) with a 5 inch pendant drop (12.5 cm).