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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 136

    A REPRODUCTION OF AN IMPERIAL CONSORT'S WINTER COURT HAT, CHAOGUAN

    20TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A REPRODUCTION OF AN IMPERIAL CONSORT'S WINTER COURT HAT, CHAOGUAN
    20TH CENTURY
    With black velvet-covered upturned brim, the crown covered with red silk tassels surmounted by the insignia of three stacked pearl-studded metal phoenixes interspersed with larger imitation pearls and overlaid with eight further phoenixes, with chains of 'pearls' and yellow tapes pendent from the back
    13¼ in. (33.7 cm.) high


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    This hat is a faithful reproduction of a winter court hat for an imperial consort made for and worn in the 1987 film, 'The Last Emperor', directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. (Fig. 1) A very similar original chaoguan in the National Palace Museum, Taiwan, is illustrated by G. Dickinson and L. Wrigglesworth, Imperial Wardrobe, Berkeley and Toronto, rev. ed., 2000, p. 172, pl. 152, and one is also seen worn by the Empress Xiaoxian in a portrait by Castiglione, now in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated ibid., p. 171, pl. 151.