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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 45

    AN EMBROIDERED LISHUI STRIPE FRAGMENT FROM AN IMPERIAL DRAGON ROBE

    QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)

    Price Realised  

    AN EMBROIDERED LISHUI STRIPE FRAGMENT FROM AN IMPERIAL DRAGON ROBE
    QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-1795)
    Embroidered in satin stitch as an undulating band of diagonal rainbow stripes capped with billowy ruyi heads and roiling, froth-capped waves crashing against tall peaked rocks, with precious objects tossed atop the froth-capped waves
    52 in. (132 cm.) wide


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    Remnants of the ground silk show that the original robe, made for an imperial noblewoman, was an unusual mushroom color. This attractive mocha color was probably classified as jinhuang (golden yellow), which was considered an off-shade of imperial yellow.

    Provenance

    Purchased London, late 1970s.