Lot 1443. A blue embroidered 'dragon' robe (jifu), Qing dynasty, 19th century. Height 55 3/4  in., 141.6 cm. Estimate $3,000 - $5,000. Sold: $8,750. © Sotheby's

the deep blue silk ground couched in gold-wrapped threads with eight four-clawed dragons surrounded by colorful ruyi clouds, bats, cranes, shou characters, and immortality emblems, the fifth claw of each paw effaced, all above lishui stripes, bordered with a navy blue-ground silk repeating the motif, gold-striped navy blue silk sleeves, lined with yellow silk.

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