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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 127

    A VERY RARE RED SILK FLOSS SUMMER HAT AND PAINTED TIN HAT BOX

    18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A VERY RARE RED SILK FLOSS SUMMER HAT AND PAINTED TIN HAT BOX
    18TH CENTURY
    Of conical form, the stiff frame covered on the exterior with red silk floss teased at the ends to form a thick mass to create a brim above an edging of silver-wrapped ribbon, the interior lined in cerise silk, with a silver ovoid hat button on a gilt-silver openwork mount of phoenixes flying amidst clouds; the conical tin hat box raised on three scroll supports and with a clasp on one side, painted in gold around the upright sides with ribbon-tied motifs and on the cover with foliate sprays below a metal melon-form finial, interior painted red
    Hat: 12¼ in. (31 cm.) diam.; hat box 13¼ in. (33.7 cm.) diam. (2)


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    This is an early example of an official's less formal summer hat with a very rare silver hat button. This type of summer hat was worn on semi-formal occasions with the jifu or dragon robe, and was later replaced after the Huangchao liqi tushi regulations of 1759 by the type of bamboo conical hat overlaid with a red silk cord tassel, such as the summer hat in lot 114.

    Provenance

    Purchased London, 1980.


    Literature

    G. Dickinson and L. Wrigglesworth, Imperial Wardrobe, Berkeley and Toronto, rev. ed., 2000, p. 108, pl. 90.