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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 7

    A RICHLY EMBROIDERED BLUE SILK DRAGON ROBE, JIFU

    GUANGXU PERIOD (1875-1908)

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    A RICHLY EMBROIDERED BLUE SILK DRAGON ROBE, JIFU
    GUANGXU PERIOD (1875-1908)
    Finely embroidered in couched gold-wrapped thread with nine five-clawed dragons leaping amidst clouds interspersed with gold shuangxi symbols, bats, and other auspicious symbols in pursuit of flaming pearls, above a deep hem of cresting waves tossed with auspicious objects, and the lishui stripe, within similarly decorated black silk borders and gold braid and woven gold wan-fret edgings repeated on the horsehoof cuffs of the black silk sleeves woven in damask with a single roundel of dragons contesting a flaming pearl
    56 in. (142.3 cm.) long x 82 in. (208.3 cm.) across


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    The prominence of the shuangxi (Double Happiness) symbol may indicate that this robe was intended for the wearer's own wedding, or more probably that it was made for use during the court's celebration of an imperial wedding.