PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT PRIVATE WEST COAST COLLECTION
A MAGNIFICENT AND EXTREMELY RARE EMBROIDERED QIU XIANGSE SILK ‘DRAGON’ ROBE, LONGPAO
EARLY 18TH CENTURY
The robe is finely embroidered with roundels of five-clawed dragons chasing 'flaming pearls', each worked in gold metallic threads with horns, scales and claws picked out in Peking knot, all beneath vaporous clouds and above roiling waves. The lower register is embroidered with a lishui stripe at the hem tossed with auspicious emblems, and the whole is reserved on a ground of pale greenish-yellow 'Autumn incense'-colored (qiu xiangse) silk.
57 ¾ in. (146.7 cm.) long, 77 ½ in. (196.8 cm.) wide
Acquired by the descendants of Tian Baodai (1916-2015) and Ye Man (1914-2017) in California in the 1970s.