Circa 1890-1900, an extraordinary Chinese robe, which used to belong to a young prince (about 13) of the first 5 ranks of the Qing Dynasty, who could wear the dragon with 4 claws full size, directly on his garments (and not as vignettes) with breathtaking embroidery, all done with genuine silver thread on navy silk.
Beyond its Imperial significance, the piece is a true monument to antique Chinese embroidery! in a harmony of light green, light teal, red and silver, extremely creative, as always with garments belonging to children of that dynastic level, it is also rendered with unbelievable details and professionalism.
Besides the 4 clawed dragon in the clouds, the motifs include a huge sun, streamlined peonies and flowers, plums, moths, bats and fishes,
and, which is exceptional, a pair of younger dragons on the shoulders at the back, and a baby dragon at the front and at the back hatching from the clouds. (possibly telling the story of the young wearer)
Please also check the area representing the waves at the bottom, as it is simply mind boggling.
The piece is lined with a weave of natural raw silk with large fibers which, unlike the tissue-like teal silk of adults' robes, has survived very well to this day.
A rare historical artifact and a masterpiece of the highest Museum quality
I would like to add here, that the piece can still be worn a couple times with just normal precautions, at parties or celebrations.
(More pictures on request)
CONDITION In very good condition.
Embroidery is intact with rare loose threads and no loss.
No fraying of the navy silk which is very thick,
except along the top edge at the back, bottom edge of sleeves, and close to the collar, with a cut in that area on the left hand side at the front (right on pic). Not very visible.
The back of the collar is "fatigued" inside, and outside where the red silk trim has real wear. Woven trim bordering the edges also has wear with fibers sticking out.
A number of tiny mirrors have come loose, but are not lost, and have been kept. Their placeholders are still showing, making it easy for further restoration.
MEASUREMENTS Width from cuff to cuff: 38" (96.5 cm) Width from underarm to underarm: 16 3/4" (42.5 cm) Length: 21 1/2" (54.5 cm) Width at bottom: 19" (48.25cm)
Wire transfer only for this piece, except for layaway.
Will be shipped Express International from Paris including full insurance and signature at delivery.
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