A lady's informal kesi court robe, Qing Dynasty, late 19th century. Photo Sotheby's

woven with eight medallions containing baskets of peaches and flowers surrounded by clouds and auspicious objects, the design repeated on the collar and sleeve bands, edged in black and gold brocade, with terrestrial diagram and lishui border at the hem.Length 48 3/4 in., 123.7 cm; Width 78 in., 198 cm. Estimation 7,000 — 9,000 USD

A similar robe from the Daoguang period is illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Costumes and Accessories of the Qing Court, Hong Kong, 2005, no. 109. Other similar examples dated to the late 19th century are illustrated in Robert D. Jackson, Imperial Silks: Ch'ing Dynasty Textiles in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, vol. I, Minneapolis, 2000, nos. 97, 98, 101, 102.

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