Lot 222. A brown-ground kesi 'dragon' robe, mangpao, 19th century; 42 ¾ in. (108.5 cm.) long; 64 in. (162.5 cm.) wide. Estimate GBP 5,000 - GBP 8,000. Price realised GBP 25,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019
The robe is finely woven with nine gold five-clawed dragons chasing flaming pearls amongst ruyi-form clouds and bats. The brown ground is interspersed with beribboned scrolls, chimes, and vases containing peaches and ruyi, above cresting waves tossed with auspicious objects and the lishui stripe.
Provenance: Private English Collection, acquired prior to 2000.
Christie's. Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, London, 5 November 2019