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Published: 6 September 2017

Up Close with Court Headdresses

Get a closer look at two fine examples from the upcoming Sept. 9 Asian Arts sale in Freeman’s first Photo Essay series.

This Chinese ormolu and kingfisher court headdress was created in the 19th century. The elaborate piece features applied phoenixes, four-clawed dragons, cloud scrolls and flaming characters en tremlant, or trembling upon movement. This piece is estimated at $4,000-6,000.

The second example in the series is this Chinese ladies court headdress. The black silk panels feature kingfisher feather detailing, and red silk tassels hang from either side. The piece is from the late Qing dynasty and is estimated at $800-1,200.

 View the full Asian Arts collection and catalogue here. 

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