19 March 2008,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 3,000
Estimate USD 2,500 - USD 3,500
A PAIR OF EMBROIDERED SILK 'LOTUS' SHOES
LATE 19TH CENTURY
The tiny shoes of pink silk worked in gold-wrapped thread with foliate scroll, with shaped heels covered in painted silk and upturned toes sewn with a faux pearl, all below tall ankle cuffs decorated with brocaded ribbons and small jadeite figural plaques
3 1/8 in. (8 cm.) long (2)
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The ankle cuffs on these particularly tiny shoes partially disguised the foot, making it look even smaller than it really was.
Private American collection.
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