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    Sale 12292

    Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art and Textiles Part II

    11 November 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 724

    A BLUE-GROUND KESI FORMAL COURT ROBE, CHAO PAO

    LATE 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A BLUE-GROUND KESI FORMAL COURT ROBE, CHAO PAO
    LATE 19TH CENTURY
    The robe is decorated with gilt five-clawed dragons chasing the flaming pearl amongst scattered clouds, crane roundels, and attributes of the Eight Immortals; the skirt is similarly worked incorporating sixteen dragon roundels.


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    For the most important ceremonies and rituals, the high-ranking officials along with the royal family would wear the chaofu, which may be translated as ‘court dress’. The chaofu would consist of the chao pao, hat, collar, necklace, girdle and boots.

    Provenance

    Christie's Amsterdam, 18 November 1996, lot 77.