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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 94

    AN EMBROIDERED PINK SATIN HAN CHINESE WOMAN'S SIDE-OPENING INFORMAL COAT, AO

    LATE 19TH CENTURY

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    AN EMBROIDERED PINK SATIN HAN CHINESE WOMAN'S SIDE-OPENING INFORMAL COAT, AO
    LATE 19TH CENTURY
    The pink satin damask woven with bats and embroidered in satin stitch with symmetrically arranged roundels of peacocks and ladies in garden settings amid a design of scattered flowers and the nine birds of mandarin rank, within ribbon and white satin borders embroidered with crane and butterfly roundels surrounded by further flowers and endless knots in wrapped gold thread, the sleeve bands unusually decorated with the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac
    41 in. (94 cm.) long x 58 in. (147.3 cm.) across


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    The presence of all nine species of birds used to represent mandarin rank indicates that the wearer was the wife of an official. The depiction of the animals of the zodiac on the sleeve bands is very unusual.