An embroidered formal lady’s silk satin dragon surcoat, longgua. Qing dynasty, 19th century. Estimate US$ 15,000 – 25,000 (€12,000 – 20,000). Photo Bonhams.
Designed with a center front opening, the deep blue silk worked in gold-wrapped threads and rich colored silk flosses with eight roundels containing dragons in pursuit of flaming pearls above terrestrial peaks and oceans, enclosed by clouds and Daoist symbols, each sleeve ornamented with three small similar roundels, all above borders of terrestrial peaks soaring from crashing waves churning Buddhist treasures above linshui stripes; 48 3/4in (124cm) long
Notes: According to Valery Garrett, empresses, high-ranking consorts, and noblewomen were required to wear a longguain public. It was designed as a full-length surcoat in deep blue satin or gauze, with center-opening and wide sleeves and decorated with dragon roundels arranged over it. See Chinese Dress from the Qing dynasty to the Present, Tuttle Publishing, 2007, pp. 45-46.
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