19 March 2008,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 2,000
Estimate USD 1,800 - USD 2,200
A MANDARIN'S SINGLE-EYED PEACOCK FEATHER PLUME, LAVENDER JADEITE PLUME FASTENER AND LACQUER BOX
GUANGXU PERIOD (1875-1908)
The peacock feather plume in a red silk-covered paper wrapper, the cylindrical plume fastener of pale greyish-lavender color, and the original oblong lacquer case in red and gold lacquer with raised decoration, the top with four shou character medallions reserved on a fretwork ground repeated on the sides
Plume 14½ in. (37 cm.) long, box 16½ in. (42 cm.) long (4)
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The single-eyed peacock feather (dan yan hua ling) was conferred on Chinese nobles and officials of the first six ranks.
G. Dickinson and L. Wrigglesworth, Imperial Wardrobe, Berkeley and Toronto, rev. ed., 2000, p. 113, pl. 95.
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