• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 2108

    The Imperial Wardrobe: Fine Chinese Costume And Textiles From The Linda Wrigglesworth Collection

    19 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 131

    A NOBLEMAN'S TWO-EYED PEACOCK FEATHER PLUME, YELLOW PAPER WRAPPER, JADEITE PLUME FASTENER AND WOOD CASE

    19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A NOBLEMAN'S TWO-EYED PEACOCK FEATHER PLUME, YELLOW PAPER WRAPPER, JADEITE PLUME FASTENER AND WOOD CASE
    19TH CENTURY
    The paper wrapper painted and printed with the supplier's mark, the cylindrical jadeite fastener of mottled green and white color, and the wood presentation box lined in blue silk
    Plume 13 ½ in. (34.3 cm.) long, box 14 3/8 in. (36.5 cm.) long (3)


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    The double-eyed peacock plume, shuang yan hua ling, was awarded by the imperial throne for meritorious service and was worn at the back of the hat. Only nobles below the rank of prince were permitted to wear this plume.

    Literature

    Peacock plume and case: G. Dickinson and L. Wrigglesworth, Imperial Wardrobe, Berkeley and Toronto, rev. ed., 2000, p. 112, pl. 94.


    Exhibited

    Peacock plume and case: Fitchburg, Massachusetts, Fitchburg Museum of Art, Costumes from the Forbidden City, May 1989.