19 March 2009
PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE NEW YORK COLLECTION
A RARE EMBROIDERED APRICOT SILK CONSORT'S DRAGON ROBE, JIFU
Worked in satin stitch and couched gold threads with nine five-clawed contorted dragons writhing amidst lingzhi-form clouds interspersed with shou medallions and five of the twelve symbols of Imperial authority, including the cockerel and the hare on the shoulders, the axe and fu symbol on the front, and a constellation in two parts on the reverse, all above the terrestrial diagram, turbulent waves and the lishui stripe at the hem, the sleeve extensions also of apricot silk, with matching black facings and cuffs
57 in. (144.8 cm.) long, 78¾ in. (200 cm.) across, frame
Teresa Coleman, Hong Kong, 1996-97.
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Compare the similar and equally rare apricot consort's robe, also with five Imperial symbols illustrated by H. Fernald, Chinese Court Costumes, Toronto, 1946, no. 18, pl. XI.
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