An Imperial yellow kesi twelve-symbol semi-formal dragon robe (jifu), Qing dynasty, Tongzhi period. Photo Sotheby’s
woven with nine five-clawed dragons, one on the inner flap, surrounded by blue clouds, interspersed with bats carrying auspicious objects, with stylized shou characters and the ‘Twelve Symbols of Imperial Authority’, the sun, moon, rock and constellation around the neck, the fu symbol, ax, small dragon and pheasant around the chest and back, and the sacrificial vessels, water weeds, flames and grains just below the waist, all enclosed by lishui, cloud and wave borders with auspicious objects and terrestrial diagrams at the hem and sleeves, the sleeve extensions of midnight-blue ribbed silk, the collar band and cuffs decorated with dragons, bats and clouds. Length 51 in., 129.5 cm; Width 78 1/4 in., 198.7 cm. Estimation 100,000 — 150,000 USD
Provenance: Sotheby’s New York, 7th and 8th April 1988, lot 111.
PROPERTY FROM THE NORMA CANELAS ROTH COLLECTION OF CHINESE ROBES
Another example of a Daoguang period Twelve-Symbol robe was sold in these rooms, 11th April 1990, lot 169. A late 19th century example is illustrated in Robert D. Jacobson,Imperial Silks, Ch’ing Dynasty Textiles in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, vol. 1, Minneapolis, 2000, no. 21.
SOTHEBY’S. FINE CHINESE CERAMICS & WORKS OF ART, NEW YORK | 16 SEPT. 2014, 10:30 AM