AN INDIGO BLUE SUMMER DRAGON ROBE, GUANGXU PERIOD
Silk gauze with multi-colored silk threads, with woven application borders and loops at the collar and front, five gilt copper buttons, inside lined with silk
China, Guangxu period (1874 – 1908)
This delicate silk gauze summer robe shows counted stitch embroidery with with gold-wrapped and bright silk threads with nine five-clawed dragons pursuing 'flaming pearls' amidst clouds, cranes, and auspicious emblems above crashing waves and lishui stripe.
Dimensions: Total width (measured with stretched out sleeves) 190 cm; maximum length 134,5 cm
Condition: Excellent condition with only very few loose threads
Provenance: Old German private collection
Auction result comparison: Sotheby’s, SATURDAY AT SOTHEBY'S: ASIAN ART, 24 MARCH 2018, New York, lot 1599 (for a near identical robe)