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    Sale 2108

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

    19 March 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 47

    A RARE SET OF KINGFISHER FEATHER-MOUNTED TURQUOISE BUTTONS FOR AN IMPERIAL ROBE

    QING DYNASTY (1644-1911)

    Price Realised  

    A RARE SET OF KINGFISHER FEATHER-MOUNTED TURQUOISE BUTTONS FOR AN IMPERIAL ROBE
    QING DYNASTY (1644-1911)
    Each globular button of greenish-colored turquoise with silver-gilt mounts with very fine rope-twist edge and inlaid in kingfisher feather, at one end a wire hook terminating in a ruyi head, at the other end two overlaid five-petaled flower heads, the feathers of the smaller topmost flower of a slightly lavender blue color; with original circular box relief-decorated on the cover with a mallow blossom and covered in blue cotton, lined in pink silk
    1 5/8 in. (4.1 cm.) long (5)


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    Buttons of this type made from various materials are illustrated in Catalogue of the Exhibition of Ch'ing Dynasty Costume Accessories, National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1986, pp. 288-9, where some, nos. 315, 316 and 318, can be seen to include kingfisher feather on silver-gilt ruyi-shaped mounts similar to those of the present buttons.