21 août 2017

A Chinese Emperor's surcoat (gunfu), Qing dynasty (1644-1911)

Lot 199. A Chinese Emperor's surcoat (gunfu), Qing dynasty (1644-1911). Estimate $ 6,000-9,000. Photo Leonard Joel. The navy satin with four woven kesi imperial dragon medallions, fastened at waist level with spherical metal buttons and silk loops, the lining a pale blue silk with a subtle monochrome key fret pattern, the arm span measuring 166cm   Note: The gunfu was a surcoat traditionally worn by the emperor over his court robe. It is usually midnight blue and knee length so that the court robe could... [Lire la suite]
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21 août 2017

An important Chinese imperial prince's robe, Qing dynasty (1644-1911), circa 1800-1830 

Lot 203. An important Chinese Imperial prince's robe, Qing dynasty (1644-1911), circa 1800-1830. Estimate $ 10,000-15,000. Photo Leonard Joel. The black silk Autumn Dragon Robe with imperial dragons couched in golden thread, with auspicious Buddhist and Daoist symbols, and medallion roundels of dragons on the skirt of the robe, mounted in a perspex case measuring 240cm width x 15cm depth x 166cm height  Provenance: Purchased from James R. Lawson Pty Ltd., in November 1972, No. 333; Ex Mr. Igor Zurich... [Lire la suite]
21 août 2017

A Chinese Twelve Symbol Emperor's semi-formal court robe, jifu, Qing dynasty (1644-1911), circa 1850 

      Lot 204. A Chinese Twelve Symbol Emperor's semi-formal court robe, jifu, Qing dynasty (1644-1911), circa 1850. Estimate $ 35,000-55,000. Photo Leonard Joel. This robe made for the Emperor, is beautifully decorated with the twelve symbols of imperial authority, arranged discreetly among a number of other symbolic and auspicious motifs. On the shoulders of the robe are the sun and the moon, on the front panel above the dragon is a constellation, below that is the fu symbol and the axe head,... [Lire la suite]
21 août 2017

An impressive Chinese imperial yellow dragon robe, (longpao jifu), Qing dynasty (1644-1911), Daoguang period (c. 1820)

  Lot 202. An impressive Chinese imperial yellow dragon robe, (longpao jifu), Qing dynasty (1644-1911), Daoguang period (c. 1820). Estimate $ 40,000-60,000. Photo Leonard Joel. This excellent and rare Manchu nine-dragon robe, has been embroidered with the finest silk and couched gold-wrapped thread on a rich satin ground of imperial yellow. The very auspicious design, symbolising the wearer's wish for a long life. There are eight dragons on the outer garment, with an unseen ninth dragon concealed in the... [Lire la suite]
21 août 2017

A rare and most handsome mandarin's court hat, chaoguan, with original box, Qing dynasty (1644-1911), circa 1870

Lot 206. A rare and most handsome mandarin's court hat, chaoguan, with original box, Qing dynasty (1644-1911), circa 1870. Estimate $ 6,000-10,000. Photo Leonard Joel. The gilded hat spike indicates a fourth rank by the blue Peking glass spike and blue cabochon. The official would wear this hat when wearing his chaofu robe and piling collar. The hat is covered with a red flossed silk instead of the traditional tassels. A centrally placed (simulated) pearl on the rim indicates the front of the hat, with green... [Lire la suite]
21 août 2017

A Chinese mandarin official's winter hat, Qing dynasty (1644-1911)

Lot 197. A Chinese mandarin official's winter hat, Qing dynasty (1644-1911). Estimate $ 4,000-6,000. Photo Leonard Joel. The hemispherical paper-stiffened padded crown with upturned brim, covered with red braided silk, surmounted with gilt filigree stylised spike supporting a crystal sphere, jade holder (which would have held a peacock feather), stays and lining . Note: For a very similar example, please see: the Newark Museum, Gift of the Iris Barrel Apfel Collection; the Collection of Ken Rutherford, NSW, as illustrated in... [Lire la suite]
21 août 2017

A Chinese mandarin official's summer hat, Qing dynasty (1644-1911), Guangxu period (1875-1908)

Lot 196. A Chinese mandarin official's summer hat, Qing dynasty (1644-1911), Guangxu period (1875-1908). Estimate $ 3,000-5,000. Photo Leonard Joel This fine example in the form of a conical crown of split bamboo cane, covered with a seamless piece of white silk gauze and decorated with tassels of red braided Manchurian silk, surmounted with a gilt copper finial supporting a crystal sphere, with gold brocade edging, with a green plume holder and peacock feather attached  Provenance: Purchased: Linda... [Lire la suite]
21 août 2017

Phoenix Art Museum presents A Tribute to James Galanos, legendary American couturier

James Galanos, Dress, 1987. Lace, silk matelassé and silk taffeta. Gift of Mr. James G. Galanos. Photo by Ken Howie. PHOENIX, AZ.- Phoenix Art Museum will present A Tribute to James Galanos, a retrospective dedicated to the iconic American fashion designer known for the elegant craftsmanship and luxurious materials that characterized his work. Featuring more than 40 couture-quality, ready-to-wear ensembles and accessories, the exhibition will illuminate the designer’s influence and legacy with objects from the 1950s... [Lire la suite]
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21 août 2017

Freeman's announces highlights from the September 9 Asian Arts auction

PHILADELPHIA, PA.- Freeman’s September 9 Asian Arts auction will offer collectors a wide array of Asian fine and decorative arts. A highlight of the sale is the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Gaylord and Pamela Watkins—including a fine group of Song to Ming dynasty ceramics and related wares of Southeast Asia— and a complementary private Pennsylvania collection, giving collectors and connoisseurs the rare opportunity to bid on a range of wares not often brought to auction. Additional highlights include Chinese paintings from... [Lire la suite]