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]