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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 98

    AN EMBROIDERED PURPLE GAUZE MANCHU WOMAN'S INFORMAL SUMMER ROBE, CHANGYI

    LATE 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    AN EMBROIDERED PURPLE GAUZE MANCHU WOMAN'S INFORMAL SUMMER ROBE, CHANGYI
    LATE 19TH CENTURY
    The purple silk gauze embroidered in satin stitch and Peking knot with butterflies in flight amidst chrysanthemum sprigs, separated from the similarly decorated black silk border, collar and cuffs by a finely woven gold ribbon embroidered with roses and bees, the sleeve bands in ivory silk gauze embroidered en suite
    55 in. (139.8 cm.) long x 48 in. (122 cm.) across


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    For a similar example of a purple-ground gauze robe, see Zhongguo meishu quanji: gongyi meishu bian, vol. 7, Beijing, 1987, p. 108, no. 92. The embroidered floral sprays and butterflies closely relate to those found on the current robe, both in style and configuration.