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    Sale 12292

    Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art and Textiles Part II

    11 November 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 783

    YARDAGE FROM AN UNCUT MAROON-GROUND LADY'S SEMI-FORMAL UNOFFICIAL ROBE

    LATE 19TH CENTURY

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    YARDAGE FROM AN UNCUT MAROON-GROUND LADY'S SEMI-FORMAL UNOFFICIAL ROBE
    LATE 19TH CENTURY
    The silk is embroidered with an overall design of scattered narcissus, bamboo and lingzhi, all amongst gilt-couched shou roundels.
    121 ¼ in. x 86 ¾ in. (308 x 220.3 cm.)


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    This semi-formal unofficial robe can be associated with the style of private court of the Dowager Empress, Cixi (1835-1908). Whether made to be worn by Cixi herself or by one of her many ladies in waiting, it reflects the refinements of a centuries-old imperial tradition where clothing and a rich variety of accoutrement were regarded as absolutely necessary to maintain the proper hierarchical order in society.