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    Sale 12292

    Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art and Textiles Part II

    11 November 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 725

    A RED-GROUND KESI MANCHU LADY'S WINTER ROBE

    19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A RED-GROUND KESI MANCHU LADY'S WINTER ROBE
    19TH CENTURY
    The padded coat is decorated with colourful large flower-and-butterfly roundels, all above auspicious emblems in foaming lishui waves. The gilt-edged collar and sleeves are similarly woven on a deep blue ground.


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    A similar embroidered robe is illustrated by J. E. Vollmer, Decoding Dragons: Status Garments in Ch'ing Dynasty China, University of Oregon Museum of Art, 1983, p. 95, pl. 50. The author notes that red-ground unofficial formal coats for Manchu women became increasingly popular in the 19th century.

    Compare also, a kesi example included in the inventory of Yamanaka & Company, Inc., New York, 1943, Catalogue, no. 1503; and further similar examples sold at Christie's New York, 21 March 2013, lot 1303 and Christie's New York, 20 March 1997, lot 273.

    Provenance

    Phillips London, 20 November 1991, Lot 24.