A Chinese embroidered robe, early-mid 20th century
Of dark navy silk satin, embroidered with figures beside a bridge, amongst scrolling foliage in peking knots, edged with embroidered cream bands and pale blue silk sleevebands, embroidered with scenes of Chinese life, 106 x 143cm
- Please note:
A copy of a section of a letter of provenance is provide with the robe, it states:
Letter, dated 31st August 1953
Although you and I do not know each other, I have known your Daddy and your Uncle since they were boys, just a little older than you are now; so I feel a very deep interest in you.
I am sending you a little present which may be useful as a wrap, when you grow to be a big girl and go out to dances.
It is a Chinese Mandarin Coat bought in 'Silk Street' Peiping [Beijing] the capital of China. Mandarins formerly ruled China, but no longer do so. These coats with long sleeves to cover the hands and a high collar to hide the neck were worn in their Parliament. The gay colours and rich silk helped to overawe the ill-clad Chinese coolie and made him think the Government was a splendid affair, when it really was not...