An emperor's embroidered midnight blue silk ground surcoat displaying the twelve imperial symbols, gunfu Late Qing dynasty

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Lot 1102
An emperor's embroidered midnight blue silk ground surcoat displaying the twelve imperial symbols, gunfu
Late Qing dynasty

Sold for US$ 98,500 inc. premium
Property from the estate of George H. Taber, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, by Descent
An emperor's embroidered midnight blue silk ground surcoat displaying the twelve imperial symbols, gunfu
Late Qing dynasty
Intricately worked with roundels of four front-facing dragons that surround the front, shoulders and back while four other side-facing dragons fill the roundels above the wide lishui border, the roundels worked in gilt-wrapped threads for the dragon bodies and the shou medallions while various colored threads define the clouds and waves surrounding each dragon as well as the twelve imperial symbols worked into the roundels: the sun and moon embroidered in the shoulder roundels, the constellation as well as the fu figures and the axe to the center front, the pondweed and pair of goblet appearing in the lower front roundels, the mountain combined with a pair of dragons and the pheasant in the back center and the flame and rice grains in the two lower back roundels.
49in (124.5cm) long

Footnotes

  • Exhibited:
    on loan, the Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, early 1930's until 1940

    For an emperor's surcoat incorporating four of the twelve imperial symbols in its dragon roundels, see Robert Jacobsen, Imperial Silks: Ch'ing Dynasty Textiles in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Minneapolis, 2000), Vol. 1, cat. no. 110, pp. 286-287.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note the Bold Description should read: A rare imperial noblewoman's midnight blue satin surcoat embroidered with twelve symbols, longgua.
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An emperor's embroidered midnight blue silk ground surcoat displaying the twelve imperial symbols, gunfu Late Qing dynasty
An emperor's embroidered midnight blue silk ground surcoat displaying the twelve imperial symbols, gunfu Late Qing dynasty
An emperor's embroidered midnight blue silk ground surcoat displaying the twelve imperial symbols, gunfu Late Qing dynasty
An emperor's embroidered midnight blue silk ground surcoat displaying the twelve imperial symbols, gunfu Late Qing dynasty
An emperor's embroidered midnight blue silk ground surcoat displaying the twelve imperial symbols, gunfu Late Qing dynasty
An emperor's embroidered midnight blue silk ground surcoat displaying the twelve imperial symbols, gunfu Late Qing dynasty
An emperor's embroidered midnight blue silk ground surcoat displaying the twelve imperial symbols, gunfu Late Qing dynasty
An emperor's embroidered midnight blue silk ground surcoat displaying the twelve imperial symbols, gunfu Late Qing dynasty
An emperor's embroidered midnight blue silk ground surcoat displaying the twelve imperial symbols, gunfu Late Qing dynasty
An emperor's embroidered midnight blue silk ground surcoat displaying the twelve imperial symbols, gunfu Late Qing dynasty
An emperor's embroidered midnight blue silk ground surcoat displaying the twelve imperial symbols, gunfu Late Qing dynasty
An emperor's embroidered midnight blue silk ground surcoat displaying the twelve imperial symbols, gunfu Late Qing dynasty
An emperor's embroidered midnight blue silk ground surcoat displaying the twelve imperial symbols, gunfu Late Qing dynasty
An emperor's embroidered midnight blue silk ground surcoat displaying the twelve imperial symbols, gunfu Late Qing dynasty
An emperor's embroidered midnight blue silk ground surcoat displaying the twelve imperial symbols, gunfu Late Qing dynasty
An emperor's embroidered midnight blue silk ground surcoat displaying the twelve imperial symbols, gunfu Late Qing dynasty
An emperor's embroidered midnight blue silk ground surcoat displaying the twelve imperial symbols, gunfu Late Qing dynasty
An emperor's embroidered midnight blue silk ground surcoat displaying the twelve imperial symbols, gunfu Late Qing dynasty
An emperor's embroidered midnight blue silk ground surcoat displaying the twelve imperial symbols, gunfu Late Qing dynasty
An emperor's embroidered midnight blue silk ground surcoat displaying the twelve imperial symbols, gunfu Late Qing dynasty
An emperor's embroidered midnight blue silk ground surcoat displaying the twelve imperial symbols, gunfu Late Qing dynasty
An emperor's embroidered midnight blue silk ground surcoat displaying the twelve imperial symbols, gunfu Late Qing dynasty
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