22 juin 2011

Chinese robes and surcoats @ Bonhams, San Francisco

A Manchu noblewoman's embroidered midnight blue surcoat (longgua). Late 19th Century. Photo Bonhams Intricately embroidered in white, polychrome and gilt-wrapped threads with eight roundels of five-clawed dragons grasping a precious pearl surrounded by clouds, bats, ribboned auspicious emblems and a shou medallion, all above a wide lishui border that repeats on the edges of the sleeves below three tiny dragon roundels embroidered en suite. 57 1/4in (145.5cm) long - Estimate: US$20,000 - 30,000 A chestnut silk ground... [Lire la suite]
14 décembre 2010

Dragon robe, informal robe & silk velvet vest, Qianlong Period, Qing Dynasty & 19th century

A yellow ground silk brocade dragon robe. Qianlong Period. photo Bonhams The nine dragons on the robe woven with gilt-wrapped threads while the remaining auspicious emblems, clouds and lishui border are defined in bright colors against the dark mustard yellow ground, the neck bands and cuffs woven en suite on a black ground. 53 1/4in (135.5cm) long - Estimate: $40,000 - 60,000. Unsold A blue silk ground embroidered dragon robe. Late Qing Dynasty. photo Bonhams The nine dragons and shou medallions on the robe worked... [Lire la suite]
14 décembre 2010

A Manchu cloth and metal partial suit of ceremonial armor, Late 19th Century

A Manchu cloth and metal partial suit of ceremonial armor, Late 19th Century. photo Bonhams Including a coat of dark blue silk lined with cotton, paper and pale blue silk, mounted with gilt metal studs and embroidered in the couching technique with gilt-wrapped threads forming a dragon roundel that repeats on the back of the coat, on the skirt and the pair of shoulder guards; the shoulder guards attached with gilt metal plates chased with dragons, fish and waves on a delicately pounced ground; the larger pieces of the costume... [Lire la suite]
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09 novembre 2010

Manchu civil rank badges & Manchu military rank badges. Late Qing Dynasty

A group of six Manchu civil rank badges. Late Qing Dynasty © 2002-2010 Bonhams 1793 Ltd The first a second rank golden pheasant worked in polychrome thread counted stitch and gilt couched threads; the second badge applied with a fourth rank wild goose, the surfaces worked in polychrome threads couching gold and silver-wrapped threads; then a pair of badges applied with third rank pheasants, also worked in polychrome threads couching gold and silver-wrapped threads; the last a pair of fifth rank lophura applied onto badges of... [Lire la suite]