An embroidered yellow silk dragon robe with twelve imperial symbols. Late Qing dynasty. Estimate US$ 30,000 – 50,000 (€24,000 – 40,000). Photo Bonhams.
Embroidered in brightly-hued silk and gilt-wrapped threads with nine dragons chasing flaming pearls amid clouds further combined with baskets containing peaches, bats and Daoist emblems along with the twelve symbols: the constellation, sun, moon and mountain around the collar from front to back; the fu symbol and axe, aquatic grass and temple cups down the front; a dragon and pheasant, flames and rice grains embroidered on the back, all above a wide lishui border intricately detailed with additional auspicious objects; embroidered black collar band and horseshoe cuffs en suite. 52 1/2 x 69in (133.4 x 175.3cm)
Bonhams. FINE CHINESE WORKS OF ART, 16 Dec 2014 10:00 PST – SAN FRANCISCO