Lot 9198. Five pairs of civil rank badges with metallic-wrapped threads, Late Qing-Republic period. Estimate USD 1,500 ~ 2,500. Sold for US$ 2,500 (€2,251). Photo: Bonhams.
The first pair kesi-woven with a second rank golden pheasant in gilt-wrapped threads amid blue cloud scrolls and bright red sun (borders torn, worn); the second pair embroidered in counted stitch with a fourth rank wild goose separately worked and applied onto a black gauze badge now lined with cerise silk, both badges and birds combining silver, gilt and polychrome threads (wear, soiling, tiny repairs); the third and smallest pair worked with silver and gold metallic threads couched in polychrome silk threads on the black ground of the badge and the separately applied seventh rank mandarin duck (wear, soiling, loose threads); the fourth and fifth pairs similarly worked the couched technique and applied mandarin ducks, the fourth with a background of bamboo and pine bush, the fifth showing a grapevine pattern and a sun of tiny coral beads on the black background (both pairs with wear, soiling and loose threads).  - 11 1/2 x 12in (29 x 30.5cm) to 8 x 9in (20.2 x 23cm)
Bonhams'. ASIAN DECORATIVE ARTS, 10:00 PDT, SAN FRANCISCO