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An embroidered blue ground dragon robe, 19th Century © 2002-2010 Bonhams 1793 Ltd

The dragons worked in gilt wrapped threads while the other auspicious symbols, clouds and lishui ground are embroidered in counted stitch that also finishes the black ground neck bands and cuffs (loose gilt threads, upper section of robe shortened with horizontal fold); 56in (142.5cm) long - Estimate: $1,500 - 2,000

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An embroidered blue gauze summer dragon robe, 19th Century © 2002-2010 Bonhams 1793 Ltd

The decoration achieved in white counted stitch except for the eyes of the dragons worked in blue and black threads, the neck bands and cuffs embroidered en suite in pale yellow threads on a black gauze ground; 54 1/2in (138.5cm) long - Estimate: $800 - 1,200

Bonhams. Asian Decorative Arts, 9 Nov 2010. California, San Francisco www.bonhams.com