Rare antique, 19th century, Chinese, Qing Dynasty lady informal winter overcoat-robe, “WAITAO”.
A dark blue satin Silk, finely embroidered in colored floss satin silk with butterflies flitting amidst peony, chrysanthemum, and other various flowers. The sleeves finished with cream-colored satin silk bands, embroidered with various figural scenes bordered with multicolored ribbons and light blue satin. The front - opening with four toggles and gilt – metal buttons and trimmed together with sides opening in black satin silk. The interior padded with silk wadding and lined with cream shade satin silk, quilted with a cotton fish scales pattern.
The Butterfly symbol represents love, specifically young love. Happily flitting from flower to flower – it signifies a happy social life for the young and young - at - heart (Yang energy). The flowers are emblematic of spring and summer, and the peonies also signify wealth and rank indicating that this Robe belonged to a young lady of the court.
(1)Chinese Women's Skirts of The Qing Dynasty. Mary V. Hays
(2) Imperial wardrobe by Gary Dickinson, Linda Wrigglesworth
(4) Imperial Silks: Ch'ing Dynasty Textiles in The Minneapolis Institute of Arts by Robert D. Jacobsen
(5)"Silks for Thrones and Altars" by Myrna Myers
(6) "In The Presence Of The Dragon Throne" by John E. Vollmer
(7) "When Silk Was Gold" by James C.Y Watt & Anne Wardwell.
Due to the fact that the market is flooded by reproductions of Chinese robes and older theatrical robes which for inexperienced collectors look the same, we would like to inform our clients that this is a 100% authentic antique Chinese Qing Dynasty Robe and not a reproduction, and is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.
DIMENSIONS: Approximately, when placed flat: Length: 104 cm (41inches), Width (distance from cuff - to - cuff): 150 cm (59 inches).
CONDITION: The robe, in general, is in good condition considering its age, showing the age and usage, with some slight age wear, particularly some tears on the black trimming, there are no holes or applied patches. This Robe comes from an old Canadian collection of Oriental Art, including Chinese robe’s and related items which we are in the process of photographing and placing for sale for the first time.