Three pairs of civil rank badges. Qing dynasty (1644-1911) and later. photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2012

including a pair of kesi Eighth Rank Quail, a similar pair of kesi Seventh Rank Mandarin Duck, and a pair of embroidered gilt Sixth Rank Egret, circa 1911 (3). Lot 1266. Price Realized £3,500 ($5,513)

Christie's. Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art and Textiles 18 May 2012  London, South Kensington