China. 1860s or 1870s.
Ivory silk satin with silk seed stitch ("Forbidden Stitch") embroidery and gold couching. The large front and back panels are identical. Each features a large peony and two phoenix birds. The narrow vertical panels each feature a phoenix as well. 31"long; 29" adjustable waist. This garment displays the finest seed stitch embroidery I have ever seen. It is in good condition. HOLD
E-9574 Large detail photo of the embroidery
Large photo, embroidered main panel
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