Chinese Antique 19th Century Imperial Manchurian Dragon Silk Robe

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Chinese Antique 19th Century Imperial Manchurian Dragon Silk Robe

13,999.99

Measurement
Sleeve to Sleeve: 67 in ( 170 cm)
Pit to Pit: 30 in (76 cm)
Neck to Bottom Hem: 54 in (137 cm)

Weight
NA

Material
Silk

Description
Up for sale is a fine Imperial Blue-Ground Dragon Robe.   The robe is completely worked in stitches of couched gold thread, a symbol attesting to the high rank of the wearer of this robe, as most surviving robes only have gold dragons or gold accents.  The gold stitching is also on a blue-ground, a color reserved for princes, nobles, or officials.  It is likely that this robe was either worn by a prince or a court member of very high rank as it also displays many of the twelve symbols of authority.  

The stitching of the robe comes together to display nine 5-clawed dragons chasing the pearl against a celestial background of stars and precious objects, including coral branches, bats, axe heads, and more.  Each object conveys a particular meaning.  The bottom of the robe is bordered by the Mount of Longevity rising from turbulent waters.  It is quite fantastic scenery and studying such a robe makes it easy to understand how such pieces could take up to two years to make.  This robe is a testament to the quality of the Imperial workshops.

Please note the wear on the robe.  This robe was not a costume, but an authentic article of dress/clothing for a member of the Imperial Court during the Qing Dynasty.  There is natural wear above the horseshoe cuffs - the Dragon Robe was a survivor of life in Manchuria, an area much colder than the Imperial Palace in the summer, so it became customary to push the sleeves on hot days.  There is also wear around the neck collar - often court members wore necklaces and these could easily catch on the delicate couched threads.

The Dragon Robe measures 67in (w) x 44in (h) and is in condition consistent with a worn robe from the Jiaqing to Guangxu Reigns.  Please study all of the images to see the high quality of this robe in comparison with others that have sold on eBay and bid in confidence knowing that you are getting a real Imperial Dragon Robe.

*Price on request

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