• Lot 183

    COIFFE DE COUR EN CUIVRE, SOIE ET ORNEMENTS EN PLUMES DE MARTIN-PECHEUR, PERLES ET PIERRES, DIAN ZI

    CHINE, DYNASTIE QING, FIN DU XIXEME SIECLE

    Price Realised  

    COIFFE DE COUR EN CUIVRE, SOIE ET ORNEMENTS EN PLUMES DE MARTIN-PECHEUR, PERLES ET PIERRES, DIAN ZI
    CHINE, DYNASTIE QING, FIN DU XIXEME SIECLE
    La coiffe faite d'une armature de cuivre recouverte de fins rubans de soie entrecroisés, ce treillage rehaussé d'ornements en plumes de martin-pêcheur, perles et pierres semi-précieuses, formant un décor raffiné d'oiseaux, feuilles et fleurs ; manques


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    The tiny kingfisher bird was highly prized for its iridescent blue feathers, which were used to create headdresses and hair ornaments for the exclusive use of court women during the 18th and 19th centuries. Two examples of headdresses of this type are in the Palace Museum Beijing, exhibited Jewelry and Accessories of the Royal Consorts of Ching Dynasty, Beijing, 1992, nos. 3 and 4. Another is in the Victoria and Albert Museum, illustrated by Stephen W. Bushell, Chinese Art, London 1924, vol. II, fig. 108. Similar headdresses were sold in our New York rooms, 26 March 2003, lot 76 and March 2000, lot 77. Another example in our London rooms, 11 July 2006, lot 65.

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    Provenance

    From an old German private collection.


    Post Lot Text

    A KINGFISHER FEATHER JEWEL-ENCRUSTED COURT HEADDRESS, DIAN ZI
    CHINA, QING DYNASTY, LATE 19TH CENTURY