A brown-ground 'dragon' kesi robe, jifu Qing dynasty, 18th century | 清十八世紀 駝色緙絲八吉祥雲蝠九龍吉服袍
A brown-ground 'dragon' kesi robe, jifu
Qing dynasty, 18th century
decorated in multi-coloured threads against a brown ground with nine writhing five-clawed dragons, one on the inner flap, soaring amidst cloud scrolls and chasing flaming pearls, interspersed with bats and anbaxian, all above cresting waves and lishui stripe at the hem
146 by 217 cm
A French banking family collection, assembled from the late 19th century to the 1930s, by repute.