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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 55

    AN UNMADE PAIR OF IMPERIAL KESI YELLOW-GROUND PURSES

    GUANGXU PERIOD (1875-1908)

    Price Realised  

    AN UNMADE PAIR OF IMPERIAL KESI YELLOW-GROUND PURSES
    GUANGXU PERIOD (1875-1908)
    Each half worked in gold and multicolored threads with a shou character flanked by a pair of bats suspending ribbon-tied wan emblems above a wave and lishui border
    17 7/8 x 8½ in. (45.5 x 21.6 cm.), matted


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    The two purses when made up would have been worn by the emperor with his most formal court dress.
    A sheet of uncut purses executed in kesi in the Denver Art Museum is illustrated by J. Seagraves, "Qing Dynasty Costumes from the Denver Art Museum", Chinese and Central Asian Textiles: Selected articles from Orientations 1983-1997, p. 130, fig. 12, which shows how various shapes of purses were woven on one sheet.

    Provenance

    Purchased London, 1977.