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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 56

    AN UNMADE IMPERIAL KESI RED-GROUND PURSE

    GUANGXU PERIOD (1875-1908)

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    Estimate

    AN UNMADE IMPERIAL KESI RED-GROUND PURSE
    GUANGXU PERIOD (1875-1908)
    Of kidney shape, each side decorated with a rainbow-striped lishui border below a band of waves and a gold thread shou character flanked by a pair of bats suspending ribbon-tied wan emblems
    9¼ x 5½ in. (23.5 x 14 cm.)


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    The shou character medallion has been deliberately woven in an ovoid shape, so that the symbol assumes its true circular form when the purse is pleated. Remnants of the original imperial yellow selvedge are still attached.

    Provenance

    Purchased London, 1977.