Lot 3091. An embroidered blue-ground semi-formal ‘Dragon’ robe, jifu, Qing dynasty, Guangxu period; length 138.5 cm., 54 1/2 in. width 227.5 cm., 89 1/2 in. Estimate 250,000 — 350,000 HKD. Lot Sold: 325,000 HKD. Photo: Sotheby's 2013.
the bright blue satin ground embroidered with nine couched gilt-thread mang dragons grasping at ‘flaming pearls’ against blue ruyi shaped clouds, cranes, couched-thread shou medallions, bajixiang emblems, bats suspending shou characters, all centred on a floral basket filled with narcissus and peaches, above crashing waves and a tall colourful lishui border, the dark blue collar and cuffs with further dragons and plain dark blue sleeves
Provenance: Ethno-Textil, Germany.