1800s Chinese Imperial Court Robe Jifu Qing Dynasty Five-Claw Dragons Guangxu

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A beautifully ornate 19th-century, Qing dynasty jifu. The long, semi-formal garment, worn exclusively by members of the Imperial court, wraps left over right, with classic knot ties beginning at the neckline and continuing down the length of the garment. The sleeves are of a narrow design, black gauze sleeve extensions with couched gold stripes accenting the intricate horse hoof cuffs. The blue silk features nine exquisite designs of five-clawed dragons pursuing flaming pearls, interspersed with many other symbols such as bats, shou rondels, and flowers. As typical of Imperial dragon robes of this era, this jifu includes a wide lishui stripe hem and sleeves, separated by lingzhi-style clouds, as well as the dragon panel at the interior of the garment. Regarding condition, the exterior is excellent and has been well maintained while the interior lining, although overall in good condition, has some staining present.

 

The use of the five-clawed dragon design was restricted to the imperial family: emperors, their sons, and the princes of the first and second rank. Similar garments of equal or lesser rank have sold at Christie’s and other premier auction houses for more than $23,000!

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1800s Chinese Imperial Court Robe Jifu Qing Dynasty Five-Claw Dragons Guangxu

 

A beautifully ornate 19th-century, Qing dynasty jifu. The long, semi-formal garment, worn exclusively by members of the Imperial court, wraps left over right, with classic knot ties beginning at the neckline and continuing down the length of the garment. The sleeves are of a narrow design, black gauze sleeve extensions with couched gold stripes accenting the intricate horse hoof cuffs. The blue silk features nine exquisite designs of five-clawed dragons pursuing flaming pearls, interspersed with many other symbols such as bats, shou rondels, and flowers. As typical of Imperial dragon robes of this era, this jifu includes a wide lishui stripe hem and sleeves, separated by lingzhi-style clouds, as well as the dragon panel at the interior of the garment. Regarding condition, the exterior is excellent and has been well maintained while the interior lining, although overall in good condition, has some staining present.

 

The use of the five-clawed dragon design was restricted to the imperial family: emperors, their sons, and the princes of the first and second rank. Similar garments of equal or lesser rank have sold at Christie’s and other premier auction houses for more than $23,000!

 

Item number: #40051

Price: $10,000

 

CHINESE IMPERIAL COURT

 

Qing Dynasty Imperial Jifu

 

Qing Dynasty, Guangxu Era [光緒]; 1800s

 

Details:

  • Size: ~57in x 30in (144cm x 76cm)
  • Provenance: Previous owner brought this item to us with the account that this item had been passed down within his family for numerous generations and has never been on the market and originated to the family through missionary endeavors from the 19th century in China. Note: We are rare booksellers and have limited experience with such antique garments, but are indeed convinced of the authenticity of this item after extensive research and consultation. Comparable and numerous examples at auction have price comparisons between $15,000-$25,000 and we are happy to send these upon request. We have priced this item to sell and expect much interest. Any professional opinions are welcome and will be added to the listing as received.

 

 

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40051

Categories

Arts & Architecture

Asia, Africa, & Middle Eastern

Other

Authors

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Printing Date

19th Century

Language

Other

Binding

Softcover

Book Condition

Excellent