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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 113

    AN IMPERIAL DARK BLUE SATIN MAN'S FUR-LINED WINTER SURCOAT, GUA

    19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    AN IMPERIAL DARK BLUE SATIN MAN'S FUR-LINED WINTER SURCOAT, GUA
    19TH CENTURY
    The front-opening, mid-length, side-vented coat with five toggles and gilt-metal buttons, with wide full-length sleeves, the satin silk of deep midnight-blue color completely lined with long-haired white fox, the fur lining continuing over the edge of the robe and peeking out from the edges of the sleeves, side vents and hem
    49½ in. (125.6 cm.) long x 36½ in (92.8 cm.) across


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    The surcoat was an essential part of official dress. Mandarins and royalty did not always wear surcoats decorated with insignia badges, instead wearing plain ones, as their status required, on informal occassions. They were worn over their informal robes. Fur-lined robes are now exceptionally rare as many were stripped of their valuable lining after the fall of the Qing dynasty in 1911. The quality of this robe is exceptional indicating its probable use by a member of the royal court. A similar fur-lined surcoat can be seen in a portrait of Hong Yan Prince Guo. (Fig. 1)