Men’s Robes & Surcoats

Tibetan Monks Dance Kesi Robe
Ming Dynasty
Sold
Rare Imperial Court Chaopao
Qing Dynasty
Sold 1985 to Bernado Bertolucci for “The Last Emperor”.
Maroon Kesi Dragon Robe
Qing Dynasty
Sold 1985 to Bernardo Bertolucci for “The Last Emperor”.
Vest Xiape with Lion 1st Rank Banner Square
Qing Dynasty
Sold
Walnut Satin Silk Dragon Chifu Robe
Qing Dynasty
Sold
Blue Embroidered Dragon Robe
Qing Dynasty
Sold
Olive Green Velvet Tibetan Chuba
Qing Dynasty
Sold.
Tibetan Brown Chuba Robe
Qing Dynasty
Sold
Tibetan Chuba Brocade Robe
Qing Dynasty
Sold
Dragon Imperial Surcoat Navy Kesi Longgua
Qing Dynasty
Sold 1985 to Bernado Bertolucci for “The Last Emperor”.
Ming Blue Robe Embroidered With Eight Medallions
Qing Dynasty
Sold 1985 to Bernardo Bertolucci for “The Last Emperor”.
Imperial Yellow Child's Dragon Robe
Qing Dynasty
Sold


Tibetan Monks Dance Kesi Robe

Ming Dynasty | Sold

Tibetan Cham Devil Dance Robe, silk woven Kossu kesi, central panel with the head of a Ming dragon and in the skirt a full elongated Ming dragon. Sleeves woven kesi clouds. Sleeve edges 18th century Chinese brocade. The back has on the kesi skirt a more circular Ming dragon over two smaller elongated dragons. The back sleeves of silk kesi are woven dragon body parts. Sleeve edges 18th century Chinese brocade. The technique of weaving kesi, kossu, or cut silk, named because it created the appearance of cut threads, arranged in unbroken blocks of colour. One artisan I watched making a kesi robe had been working on it for six years.
The following article in the Orientations magazine.


Rare Imperial Court Chaopao

Qing Dynasty | Sold 1985 to Bernado Bertolucci for “The Last Emperor”.

The rarest of robes of an Imperial formal robe of state Chaofu or Chaopao. Midnight blue satin silk ground, heavily embroidered with Imperial symbols. The five clawed dragons are couched with gold metallic thread. The attached, pleated, flared skirt is similarly worked, and joined to the upper garment by a narrow waistband. The apron lower part has two pairs of confronting dragons chasing the flaming pearls. It's especially rare as the owner of the chaopao is usually buried in the robe. Worn mostly by princes for state on occasions such as enthronement, Imperial Weddings, and New Year celebrations.
Sold to Bernado Bertolucci for “The Last Emperor”.


Maroon Kesi Dragon Robe

Qing Dynasty | Sold 1985 to Bernardo Bertolucci for “The Last Emperor”.

Dragon Robe chifu the field woven in maroon Kesi with eight dragons all Chasing the pearl, woven Imperial symbols all above a deep lishui wave border. The sleeves cut in the Tibetan style of horse cuff ending. A kesi full robe could take several years to weave and few artisans could make such intricate woven robes.
Sold to Bernado Bertolucci for “The Last Emperor”.


Vest Xiape with Lion 1st Rank Banner Square

Qing Dynasty | Sold

Qing Dynasty Vest designed with woven phoenix and cloud collar.The** **attached rank badge  on the front and back is of a gold couched lion denoting first rank military.Edged with tassels. The waistcoat is worn over a walnut satin long robe that belonged to the wife of statesman Li Hongzhang.


Walnut Satin Silk Dragon Chifu Robe

Qing Dynasty | Sold

Dragon chifu walnut satin silk Robe with eight gold hand couched dragons chasing the pearl.Large silk hand embroidered lishui wave border in shades of blues. Topped with small embroidered active waves.The robe field is covered with embroidered small clouds and imperial symbols of long life.
This robe belonged to the last Foreign Ambassador Li Hongzhang  in English Li Hung -chang Marquess Suyi. A Chinese statesman general and diplomat of the late Qing Dynasty, he made strenuous efforts to modernize China. 1823-1901 Lots more information on his interesting life and photos of his visit to England can easily be found.


Blue Embroidered Dragon Robe

Qing Dynasty | Sold

Late Qing Dragon Royal Blue Silk field Robe heavily embroidered in exotic coloured silks. The eight dragons worked in cream satin stitch as they chased the pearl. The lishui wave border is also heavily worked satin stitch anchored by the central mountain.The long life symbols cover the body of the robe. Five carved brass buttons are used to close the robe.


Olive Green Velvet Tibetan Chuba

Qing Dynasty | Sold.

Tibetan Chuba Olive Green cut embossed pattern woven velvet, with deep blue silk lining. These Tibetan style chuba sleeves are long to keep the hands warm when horse riding.
The Chuba robes were remade from the Manchu Court brocade Robes.That had arrived in Tibet for the aristocracy and Tibetan monks.They were recut in the chuba style closer and warmer to the body and with sleeve endings that kept the hands warmer.The climate was perfect for the protection of textiles and many of the oldest robes have come from Tibet. ** ** Purchased in 1980 from Steven McGuinness who had just married a Tibetan princess he met while living in Kathmandu. Several years later he started Plum Blossoms Gallery in Exchange Square. Cuba


Tibetan Brown Chuba Robe

Qing Dynasty | Sold

Tibetan brown Chuba woven silk brocade with ming style dragons and early ming style lishi waves and Taoist symbols.   The Chuba robes were remade from the Manchu Court brocade Robes.That had arrived in Tibet for the aristocracy and Tibetan monks.They were recut in the chuba style closer and warmer to the body and with sleeve endings that kept the hands warmer. The climate was perfect for the protection of textiles and many of the oldest robes have come from Tibet.
Purchased 1980 from Stephen McGuinness who had recently married a Tibetan princess while living  in Kathmandu. Several years later he started Plum Blossoms in Exchange Square.


Tibetan Chuba Brocade Robe

Qing Dynasty | Sold

Tibetan Chuba woven in heavy silk brocade.The yellow ground woven with blue ruyi  patterns, and symbols, and with the stylised lishui wave border.
The Chuba robes were remade from the Manchu Court brocade Robes.That had arrived in Tibet for the aristocracy and Tibetan monks.They were recut in the chuba style closer and warmer to the body and with sleeve horse cuff endings that kept the hands warmer especially when on horse back.The climate was perfect for the protection of textiles and many of the oldest robes and textiles  in the world have come from Tibet.


Dragon Imperial Surcoat Navy Kesi Longgua

Qing Dynasty | Sold 1985 to Bernado Bertolucci for “The Last Emperor”.

Imperial Dragon navy kesi longgua surcoat, woven matt silk with embroidered Lishui wave hem border, satin stitch in soft shades of blues and cream with matching wave  sleeve borders. Inside large medallions are eight woven dragons on the main body, and six woven roundel small dragons on the sleeves. Five gold carved brass buttons are used for the closing. The technique of weaving kesi, kossu,or cut silk, named because it created the appearance of cut threads, arranged in unbroken blocks of colour. One artisan I watched making a kesi robe had been working on it for six years.
Sold to Bernado Bertolucci for “The Last Emperor”.


Ming Blue Robe Embroidered With Eight Medallions

Qing Dynasty | Sold 1985 to Bernardo Bertolucci for “The Last Emperor”.

Qing Dynasty ming blue satin silk robe, heavily embroidered lishu wave border, with large floral eight medallions.
Sold to Bernado Bertolucci for “The Last Emperor”.


Imperial Yellow Child's Dragon Robe

Qing Dynasty | Sold

Imperial Yellow Childs Dragon Robe, the ground of satin silk with embroidered rondel dragons. Wave lishui border worked in satin stitch.
This childs robe belongs to Teresa Coleman Fine Arts Ltd in Hong Kong. Teresa Coleman  generously lent it to me along with other children's textiles in 1997  for a charity fundraising show to build The Children's Home 'Sunbeams' in Baiwan China.We raised a million by an Antiques Auction and Dinner. Sunbeams is a well managed Home for children who live a long way from the Baiwan school. The school which we at Union Church first raised the funds for, and then we on the school completion event, found many children lived many days away.  So they now board for the week and  return home at the weekend. Sir Horace Kadoorie of the Peninsular Hotel, and China Light, supported us building the home and doubled  our total for Sunbeams children Home.