CHRISTIE’S TO OFFER THE FIRST EVER AUCTION IN THE U.S. DEVOTED TO CHINESE TEXTILES On March 19th Christie’s will be offering a superb single owner sale of Chinese textiles
from the collection of Linda Wrigglesworth
estimate: US$300,000-500,000). The condition of these
panels is superb, with the details picked out in bright colors
against a rich golden yellow ground. It is likely that these
panels were originally set into a small floor screen that would have graced
an Imperial chamber.
Also of note is the Qing general’s flying tiger banner, Kangxi period
(illustrated left, estimate: US$150,000-180,000), which displays a
muscular and defiant, yet playful tiger raising his forelegs with
spotted wings against a rust ground. This type of banner is illustrated
in the 1759 sumptuary regulations, Ceremonial Paraphernalia of the
Imperial Court. Formal court portraits of the 18th century period show
the Kangxi emperor (1662-1722) on tour in the southern provinces,
crossing the Yangtze River with the tiger banner flying on the stern
of the flotilla carrying the emperor.
In conjunction with the sale there will be a one-day symposium on Chinese Textiles entitled “You
Are What You Wear: Society, Gender and Ethnicity in Qing China” to be held on Saturday March
15th at Christie’s New York Rockefeller Center.
The Imperial Wardrobe: Fine Chinese Costume and Textiles March 19
From the Linda Wrigglesworth Collection
Viewing: Christie’s Galleries at Rockefeller Center March 14 - 18
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*Estimates do not include buyer's premium