China | Collection of gilt metal and Kingfisher feather hairpins; variously formed as insects, bats, birds, flowers and shou characters, some decorated with small pearls and coloured stones, 17.5cm max | Qing Dynasty | 2'600£ ~ sold (May '15)
China | Collection of gilt metal and Kingfisher feather appliques; formed as flowerheads and butterflies, mounted with coloured cabochons and other stones, 9.2cm max | Qing Dynasty | 4'000£ ~ sold (May '15)
China | Seven gilt metal and Kingfisher feather hair ornaments; three formed as hairpins, decorated with flower designs and bats encircling a shou character, three as plaques, each with a crane in flight upon cloud scrolls, and a band with seven cranes amongst scrolling foliage | Qing Dynasty | 3'400£ ~ sold (May '15)
. In the Ming Dynasty, these headdresses were worn by empresses and imperial concubines. In the Qing Dynasty, they were worn by civilian women during the wedding ceremony. Here are Eric’s three Kingfisher Phoenix Coronets from the Late Qing Dynasty.