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Hauteur: 136 cm. (5312 in.) ; Largeur: 177 cm. (6958 in.)

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Provenance
Gifted to the military and diplomat baron Albert d'Anthouard de Wasservas (1861-1944) in Beijing in 1901, thence by descent in the family.
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Lot Essay

This semi-formal unofficial robe can be associated with the private court of the Dowager Empress, Cixi (1835-1908). Whether made to be worn by Cixi herself or by one of her many ladies in waiting, it reflects the refinements of a centuries-old imperial tradition where clothing and a rich variety of accoutrement were regarded as absolutely necessary to maintain the proper hierarchical order in society.
A similar robe, also with flowers and butterflies on a turquoise-green kesi ground, is in The Minneapolis Institute of Art, illustrated in Imperial Silks, Ch'ing Dynasty Textiles in The Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, 2000, pp. 484-85, no. 199.

Post Lot Text

A TURQUOISE KESI DOWAGER EMPRESS-STYLE INFORMAL ROBE
CHINA, QING DYNASTY, LATE 19TH CENTURY

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