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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 82

    AN EMBROIDERED MIDNIGHT-BLUE SATIN HAN CHINESE WOMAN'S INFORMAL OVERCOAT, WAITAO

    THIRD QUARTER 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    AN EMBROIDERED MIDNIGHT-BLUE SATIN HAN CHINESE WOMAN'S INFORMAL OVERCOAT, WAITAO
    THIRD QUARTER 19TH CENTURY
    The highly decorated coat finely embroidered in satin stitch with roundels and scattered flower and fruit sprigs as well as butterflies, the roundels on the chest, back and back of the sleeves depict figures in garden settings, while those on the shoulders and above the hem depict different birds amidst flowers, including a pair of mandarin ducks, with further birds on the ivory satin sleeve bands, the ivory satin borders and 'cloud collar' decorated with further figures in gardens
    39 in. (99 cm.) long x 60 in. (152.5 cm.) across


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    The birds incorporated into the decoration on the main body as well as on the sleeve bands are normally associated with mandarin rank.