A pair of embroidered silk military rank badges, 19th century. Photo Bonhams.

Each centered with a bear of the fifth military rank surrounded by bats, clouds, plants and garden rocks above a tall lishui border rendered in fine polychrome and white silk threads on the midnight blue ground, the leiwen border on each square worked in couched gilt threads. 11 x 12in (28 x 30.5cm). Sold for US$ 3,125 (€2,295)

FINE CHINESE WORKS OF ART, San Francisco, 24 Jun 2014 -