19 March 2009,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 11,875
Estimate USD 6,000 - USD 8,000
A RARE EMBROIDERED CHESTNUT SILK GAUZE CHILD'S DRAGON ROBE, JIFU
LATE 18TH CENTURY
The front and back panels worked in counted stitch and couched gold threads with eight five-clawed dragons confronting flaming pearls interspersed with clouds and beribboned Buddhist emblems above the terrestrial diagram and turbulent waves at the hem, with dark blue facing and cuffs
36½ in. (92.3 cm.) long, 60¾ in. (154.8 cm.) across
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Compare another chestnut gauze child's dragon robe sold in these rooms, 28 March 1996, lot 202.
John Eric Riis, Atlanta.
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