Lot 1442. A brown embroidered 'dragon' robe (jifu), Qing dynasty, 19th century. Height 56 1/2  in., 143.5 cm. Estimate $4,000 - $6,000. Sold: $12,500. © Sotheby's

the brown silk ground couched in gold-wrapped threads with eight five-clawed dragons surrounded by colorful ruyi clouds, bats, babao, and flames, all above lishui stripes, bordered with a navy blue-ground silk repeating the motif, navy blue ribbed silk sleeves, lined with robin's egg-blue silk.

Provenance: L'Asie Exotique, La Jolla, CA, 1998.

Sotheby's. Saturday at Sotheby's: Asian Art, New York, 18 March 2017