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A fine and rare gold 'kesi' 'one hundred birds' jacket. Qing dynasty, 19th century. photo courtesy Sotheby's

finely woven depicting 'one hundred birds' in a landscape with trees flowers including pomegranates, finger citrons, nandina berries, crab apples, and peaches - width 63 in., 160 cm. Est. 20,000—30,000 USD. Lot Sold  50,000 USD

NOTE: Compare a 'one hundred boys' informal robe in the collection of the Minneapolis Institute of Art, illustrated by Robert Jacobsen, Imperial Silks: Ch'ing Dynasty Textiles in The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, vol. I, Minneapolis, 2000, pl. 225.

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A noblewoman's gauze summer surcoat, Qing dynasty, 19th Century. photo courtesy Sotheby's

finely woven in counted stitch with eight roundels depicting flowers and butterflies on a navy blue ground scattered with floral sprays and butterflies - width 71 1/2 in., 181.6 cm. Est. 10,000—15,000 USD. Lot Sold 10,000 USD

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A blue 'kesi' 'dragon' robe. Qing dynasty, 19th Century. photo courtesy Sotheby's

woven with eight five-clawed dragons in gold-wrapped threads in pursuit of 'flaming pearls', the blue ground decorated with the 'Eight Buddhist Emblems' - length 56 in., 142 cm. Est. 5,000—7,000 USD. Lot Sold  6,250 USD

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Two imperial edicts. Qianlong Mark and Period, dated to 1776. photo courtesy Sotheby's

each written on silk brocade woven with ruyi cloud swirls mounted as a handscroll, the text arranged in standard form in kaishu and repeated in Manchu script (2) - length 111 and 107 in., 282 and 272 cm. Est. 10,000—15,000 USD. Lot Sold 20,000 USD

Sotheby's. Fine Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art. 23 Mar 2010. New York www.sothebys.com