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    Sale 12290

    Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art And Textiles Part II

    13 May 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 751

    AN IVORY-GROUND DAOIST PRIEST'S ROBE

    19TH CENTURY

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    AN IVORY-GROUND DAOIST PRIEST'S ROBE
    19TH CENTURY
    The robe is decorated to the shoulders with cockerel and hare medallions, above a pavilion flanked by confronting dragons. It is further decorated with crane roundels, Eight Daoist Trigrams, bagua, the attributes of the Eight Immortals, and seal script characters, all above cranes and foaming waves.


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    Ganna Walska was a Polish opera singer and garden enthusiast who emigrated to America and married six times. In 1926 she purchased the Duchess of Marlborough's Faberge egg offered by Consuelo Vanderbilt at a charity auction. It was later acquired by Malcolm Forbes as the first Easter egg in his Faberge egg collection.

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    Provenance

    Property from a Private American Collection, gifted by Mme Ganna Walska (1887-1984) to the vendor in 1974.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from a Private American Collection