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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 118

    A YELLOW SILK DAMASK MAN'S INFORMAL RIDING OR TRAVELING ROBE, XINGSHANG

    JIAQING PERIOD (1796-1820)

    Price Realised  

    A YELLOW SILK DAMASK MAN'S INFORMAL RIDING OR TRAVELING ROBE, XINGSHANG
    JIAQING PERIOD (1796-1820)
    The golden yellow silk damask woven with evenly spaced roundels of two dragons contesting a flaming pearl amidst lotus scroll, edged in black satin, the horsehoof cuffs lined in blue satin
    50½ in. (129 cm.) long x 71 in. (180.5 cm.) across


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    The right-hand side of the front of the robe is several inches shorter than the left, and attaches with buttons and loops to the full-length inner flap of the robe. This allowed the wearer to mount a horse more easily. A similar 'lapel-less' or 'lute-shaped lapel' robe in what appears to be ivory silk damask, also patterned with roundels, described as a traveling outfit, is illustrated by Zhou Xun and Gao Chunming, 5000 Years of Chinese Costumes, Hong Kong, 1988 ed., p. 191, fig. 335.

    Provenance

    Private English collection.