Lot 226. An embroidered blue-ground 'dragon' robe, mangpao, 19th century; 42 ¾ in. (108.5 cm.) long; 64 in. (162.5 cm.) wide. Estimate GBP 6,000 - GBP 10,000. Price realised GBP 32,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019
The blue ground is worked in couched gold thread on the front and back with five-clawed dragons confronting flaming pearls amongst clouds, fire scrolls, bats, cranes and other auspicious emblems. The lishui stripe at the hem is tossed with the bajixiang, the Eight Buddhist Emblems.
Provenance: Private Asian Collection, acquired from a London dealer in Hong Kong, prior to 1998.
Note: The present lot may be compared with the blue-ground dragon robe from the Bass Museum of Art sold at Christie's New York, 17-18 March 2016, lot 1383.
Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, London, 5 November 2019