Lot 1383. An embroidered blue-ground dragon robe, mangpao, 19th century. Estimate USD 7,000 - USD 9,000. Price realised USD 11,250. © Christie's Images Ltd 2016
The blue ground is worked in couched gold thread and satin stitch on the front and back with five-clawed dragons confronting flaming pearls amidst shou characters and bats suspending wan emblems and double-peaches woven in shades of red, all amidst Daoist emblems. The terrestrial diagram and lishui stripe at the hem are tossed with thebajixiang (Eight Buddhist Emblems), 54 ¾ in. (139 cm.) long.
Provenance: Property from the Bass Museum of Art, sold to benefit the acquisitions fund.
Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art part I, 17 - 18 March 2016, New York