01 mai 2017

An apricot-ground formal court 'dragon' robe,jifu, mid-19th century

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Lot 290. An apricot-ground formal court 'dragon' robe,jifu, mid-19th century.  Estimate GBP 10,000 - GBP 15,000 (USD 12,790 - USD 19,185). © Christie's Images Ltd 2017 

The robe is decorated with nine five-clawed dragons in couched gilt thread chasing flaming pearls amidst dense ruyi clouds interspersed with bats and The Eight Buddhist Emblems,Bajixiang, all above a hem of cresting waves tossed with auspicious objects, and the lishui stripe. The matching dark blue-ground cuffs and collar are worked with further dragons amidst bats, clouds and waves.

ProvenanceAcquired in Asia in the 1920s, and then by descent within the family.

Christie's. Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art and Textiles, 12 May 2017, London, South Kensington


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