Antique Chinese late Qing Dynasty woman’s informal satin silk robe, finely embroidered in satin silk stitch with six roundels displaying vases with branches of various flowers and butterflies, amidst branches, peonies, magnolias, and goldfish, all picked out in bright shades of red, blue, pink, brown, and orange, reserved on a cream - white ground, and edged by black silk. The cuffs, embroidered in suite, are bordered with a band of brocade woven with five-clawed Principal Celestial Long Dragons and a phoenix (feng) amid the clouds. Lined in fine white silk.
REFERENCES: (1) "Chinese Dress: From the Qing Dynasty to the Present" by Valery Garrett (2) "Imperial Wardrobe" by Gary Dickinson, Linda Wrigglesworth (3) "Silks for Thrones and Altars" by Myrna Myers. (4) "In The Presence Of The Dragon Throne" by John E. Vollmer (5) "When Silk Was Gold" by James C.Y Watt & Anne Wardwell.
DIMENSIONS: Approximately when placed flat: Length: 104 cm (41 in), Width (distance from cuff-to-cuff): 122 cm (48 in).
CONDITION: The robe in general is in good condition considering its age, except for one light stain mark on the front (refer to pictures), and some slightly worn spots on the black silk bordering. There are no holes or applied patches.
This Robe comes from an old Canadian collection of Oriental Art, including many Chinese robes and related items, which we are in the process of photographing and placing for sale for the first time.
Since the market is flooded by reproductions of Chinese costumes and vintage theatrical costumes which for inexperienced collectors look the same, we would like to inform our clients that this is a 100% authentic antique, over 100 years old, Chinese Qing Dynasty coat and not a reproduction, and is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.
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