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Lot 319. A rare second rank military official's badge of a lion, buzi, Ming dynasty, 17th Century; 37 by 38 cm, 14½ by 15 in. Lot sold: 31,500 GBP (Estimate: 25,000 - 35,000 GBP). (C) 2021 Sotheby's

finely embroidered with a seated lion with green mane and tail, surrounded by large clusters of lozenge-shaped clouds, prism-like rocks and rolling waves, all worked in vibrant shades of green, orange, blue, yellow and white couched silk floss and couched gold threads on an unusual twisted blue silk thread ground.

Provenance: Corsini Collection, Florence.

Literature: John E.Vollmer, Silk for Thrones and Altars, Chinese Costumes and Textiles from the Liao through the Qing dynasty, Myrna Myers, 2003, Paris, no. 12.

Jean-Paul Desroches, Two Americans in Pairs: a Quest for Asian Art, 2016, Paris, no.356.

ExhibitedFrom the Land of Asia, Pointe-à-Callière Museum, Montréal, 17th November 2016 - 19th March 2017.

From the Land of Asia, Kimbell Art Museum, Texas, 4th March – 19th August 2018.

Note:The colourful badge was part of a group of over twenty similar badges once sewn into a large curtain or canopy reportedly from the collection of the Palazzo Corsini in Florence.

Refer to an almost identical rank badge from the Linda Wriggleworth collection, sold at Christie's New York, 19 March 2008, lot 19.

Sotheby's. Two Americans in Paris, The Collection of Sam and Myrna Myers, London, 4 November 2021