Imperial & Important Chinese Silk & Gold Metal-Thread Ningxia Dragon 'Temple-Carpet' (Signed: 'Tian Tan Yu Yong' = Made For The Imperial Use Of The Temple Of Heaven) 'Qing Dynasty', West China, 19th century, pure natural silk/gold-metal-threads/cotton- foundation, approx. 280 x 188 cm, condition: 2 (good condition, professionally cleaned), (provenance: from a private collection), important signed chinese Ningxia dragon temple-carpet with expressive colors, 'five' five-clawed dragons hunting the flaming-peal on gold-metal brocaded ground with symbol ornamentation, multicolor water-wave border, the cartouche of this important rug with old chinese writings indicates that this piece is made for the imperial use for the temple of heaven (the temple of Heaven is one of the most important temples in Beijing and served the emperor as a place of pray for a good harvest and for honoring the gods. 'The temple of heaven is located near the forbidden city in the former district of Chongwen', there are just a few known pieces from this temple), fine quality with extremely fine silk, very soft touch, decorative rare carpet size, museum quality, absolutely unique, (literature comp.: C.I.Rostov & J.Guanyan, Chinese Carpets, Tf.117. lit.comp.II: L.Larsson Jr., Carpets from China, Xinjiang & Tibet, S.39. lit.comp.III: H.A.Lorentz, Chinesische Teppiche-17 bis 20.Jahrhundert, S.148). Special-Auction: Antique, old and decorative collector rugs & carpets. Please ask for condition-reports and more high-resolution detail photos. Henrys Auktionshaus AG Department Rugs & Carpets, teppich, tapis, tappeto, alfromba.