19 March 2008
AN EMBROIDERED MIDNIGHT-BLUE SATIN HAN CHINESE WOMAN'S INFORMAL OVERCOAT, WAITAO
Finely embroidered in gold-wrapped thread, satin stitch and Peking knot with evenly spaced roundels enclosing pairs of butterflies confronted on a peony and encircled by flowers, the midnight-blue satin ground further decorated with scattered flower sprigs, with turquoise silk damask lining
41½ in. (105.5 cm.) long x 56 in. (142.2 cm.) across
Canadian private collection.
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