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    Sale 2711

    The Imperial Sale, Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    27 May 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1852

    A RARE KESI 'PRUNUS' MANDARIN JACKET, MAGUA

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A RARE KESI 'PRUNUS' MANDARIN JACKET, MAGUA
    GUANGXU PERIOD (1875-1908)

    The jacket with fine gold and silver threads decorated with the dominant motif of prunus sprays in blossom, framed by black borders also woven with prunus and wan pattern keyfret bands at the collar, cuffs, and hem, defining the outline of the jacket to form the ruyi design on the waist, all reserved against a cornflower-blue gauze ground, with extended pale blue sleeve bands, similarly decorated with prunus
    53 1/2 in. (136 cm.) across


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    It is highly probable that this jacket was made for the Dowager Empress Cixi (1835-1908) as suggested by both the style and ample girth.

    Compare two very similar jackets in the Beijing Palace Museum: one with gold embroidered butterflies, illustrated in Dragon Emperor: Treasure from the Forbidden City, Melbourne, 1989, p. 110, fig. 64; and the other one with embroidered hydrangeas design, illustrated in the exhibition catalogue The Splendors of Imperial Costume, Beijing, 2008, fig. 90, p.130