An embroidered silk lady's informal court robe, Qing dynasty, late 19th centuryEstimate 5,000 — 7,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's.

embroidered with eight medallions, each with a pair of cranes surrounded by and wide band of prunus sprigs and butterflies, the design repeated on the cuffs, collar and sleeve bands, edged in black and gold brocade, with terrestrial diagram and lishui border at the hem - Length  55 in., 140 cm;  Width 80 in., 203 cm

ProvenanceJames Acheson, costume designer, 'The Last Emperor', 1987.
Sothebys.com, Movie Memorabilia - The Last Emperor, 18th June 2002.

NoteAn embroidered robe with a similar design is illustrated in Robert D. Jackson, Imperial Silks: Ch'ing Dynasty Textiles in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, vol. I, Minneapolis, 2000, no. 103. Kesi robes with similar design are illustrated ibid., nos.  97, 98, 101 and 102, and examples have sold in these rooms, 18th and 19th March 2014, lot 391, and 16th and 17th September 2014, lot 522.

Sotheby'sImportant Chinese Art, New York, 15 sept. 2015