17 avril 2018

A very rare pair of embroidered gauze military official's rank badges of panthers, buzi, Qing dynasty, early 18th century 

Lot 2152. A very rare pair of embroidered gauze military official's rank badges of panthers, buzi, Qing dynasty, early 18th century; 16 in. (41 cm.) square. Estimate HKD 80,000 - HKD 120,000. Price realised HKD 275,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 Made for a sixth rank military official, each is finely embroidered in counted stitch on a dark blue gauze ground with a panther, biao standing between two upright rock formations surrounded by clouds, above... [Lire la suite]

17 avril 2018

A rare pair of gold and silver embroidered civil official's rank badges of egrets, buzi, Qing dynasty, 18th century 

Lot 2151. A rare pair of gold and silver embroidered civil official's rank badges of egrets, buzi, Qing dynasty, 18th century; 9 1/2 in. (24 cm.) square. Estimate HKD 50,000 - HKD 70,000. Price realised HKD 87,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 Made for a civil official of the sixth rank, each is similarly worked primarily in gold and silver wrapped thread on a blue gauze ground with the bird shown facing the sun as it alights on a rock. The birds are flanked by a pair... [Lire la suite]
17 avril 2018

A rare pair of brocade 'Crane' rank badges, buzi, early Qing dynasty, 17th century 

Lot 2150. A rare pair of brocade 'Crane' rank badges, buzi, early Qing dynasty, 17th century; 16 in. (41 cm.) square. Estimate HKD 120,000 - HKD 180,000. Price realised HKD 237,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The badges were made for a first rank civil official. The bird is worked in white satin stitch alighting on a rock emerging from dark blue waves. The crane is surrounded byruyi-shaped clouds below the sun, all in shades of blue, green and brown, all reserved on a dense ground of... [Lire la suite]
28 mars 2018

An imperial blue kesi summer dragon robe, jifu, Qing dynasty, 19th century

Lot 2154. An imperial blue kesi summer dragon robe, jifu, Qing dynasty, 19th century; 77 in. (195 cm.) wide. Estimate HKD 200,000 - HKD 300,000. Price realised HKD 525,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The blue kesi is worked with the prescribed nine five-clawed dragons, two shown full-face leaping around a 'flaming pearl' on the front and the back while six others on the front, back and shoulders are shown reaching for the pearl, as is the ninth on the underflap. All dragons are set amidst... [Lire la suite]
28 mars 2018

An extremely rare embroidered blue silk dragon robe, jifu, Early Guangxu period, circa 1885

Lot 2153. An extremely rare embroidered blue silk dragon robe for a seventh to ninth rank civil official in the imperial board of state music, jifu, Early Guangxu period, circa 1885; 53 1/4 in. (135.3 cm.) long x 90 1/2 in. (229.9 cm.) across. Estimate HKD 300,000 - HKD 500,000. Price realised HKD 750,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013 The vibrant marine-blue ground is finely embroidered in satin stitch with five four-clawed dragons, unusually designed with a single large dragon coiling... [Lire la suite]
28 mars 2018

An imperial apricot-ground twelve-symbol dragon robe, jifu, Guangxu period (1875-1908)

Lot 2271. An imperial apricot-ground twelve-symbol dragon robe, jifu, Guangxu period (1875-1908); 87 5/8 in. (225 cm.) wide. Estimate HKD 800,000 - HKD 1,200,000. Price realised HKD 980,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2012 The robe is finely worked in satin stitches in shades of blue, green, red, aubergine and ochre and couched vibrant gold threads with nine five-clawed dragons clutching or confronting 'flaming pearls' amidst dense ruyiclouds interspersed with bats. The twelve Imperial... [Lire la suite]
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28 mars 2018

A very fine man's damask-woven silk gauze summer informal robe, changfu, 18th century 

Lot 1252. A very fine man's damask-woven silk gauze summer informal robe, changfu, 18th century; 54½ in. (138.5 cm.) long x 75½ in. (192 cm.) cuff to cuff. Estimate USD 15,000 - USD 18,000. Price realised USD 17,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2011 Of pale yellow color, finely damask-woven with a repeating pattern of wanemblems amidst triple-peaked mountains and ruyi-shaped clouds, the collar edge in midnight-blue piping, with turned-back, lined, horsehoof cuffs, and gilt filigree buttons. ... [Lire la suite]
24 mars 2018

A magnificent imperial yellow kesi twelve-symbol dragon robe made for the Emperor, longpao, Jiaqing period (1796-1820)

Lot 976. A magnificent imperial yellow kesi twelve-symbol dragon robe made for the Emperor, longpao, Jiaqing period (1796-1820); 59 ¼ x 75 ¾ in. (150.4 x 192.4 cm.). Estimate USD 80,000 - USD 120,000. Price realised USD 756,500. © Christie's Images Ltd 2018 The kesi ground is woven in shades of blue, violet, red, pink and gold threads with nine five-clawed dragons clutching or confronting flaming pearls on a densely patterned ground of stylized wan emblems and florets in... [Lire la suite]
23 mars 2018

A very rare Ming embroidered 'xiezhi' rank badge, buzi, Early Ming dynasty, 15th century

Lot 2149. A very rare Ming embroidered 'xiezhi' rank badge, buzi, Early Ming dynasty, 15th century; 20 in. (51 cm.) square. Estimate HKD 150,000 - HKD 180,000. Price realised HKD 237,500. © Christie's Image Ltd 2013 The imperial censor's rank badge is finely woven to depict a mythicalXiezhi in cream colour highlighted with green and pale brown, its dragon head with a single horn and mouth agape, amidst ruyi-clouds on a brown ground. The beast is standing on a river bank surrounded with... [Lire la suite]
23 mars 2018

A very rare civil official's rank badge of a golden pheasant, buzi, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

Lot 2148. A very rare civil official's rank badge of a golden pheasant, buzi, Kangxi period (1662-1722); 19 3/8 in. (49 cm.) square. Estimate HKD 300,000 - HKD 500,000. Price realised HKD 475,000. © Christie's Image Ltd 2013 Made for a second-rank civil official, the badge is finely worked in satin stitch, depicting a regal golden pheasant rendered in shades of blue, green, yellow, white and coral, shown facing the sun as it alights on a rock emerging from crashing waves. The main decoration is... [Lire la suite]