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    Sale 5811

    Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art & Textiles

    15 May 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 299

    A BLACK SILK CHAO FU SKIRT AND A RED WEDDING SKIRT

    CHINA, 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A BLACK SILK CHAO FU SKIRT AND A RED WEDDING SKIRT
    CHINA, 19TH CENTURY
    the first embroidered in gilt thread and silks with a band of roundels of dragons chasing flaming pearls; the second of red silk (2)


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    The chaofu robe of state was part of the most formal style of Qing court costume. As the cost of providing court dress was high, mandarins concealed the fact that they were onlly wearing the skirt section of the chaofu by wearing a surcoat over it.

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