Property from a Bay Area Private Collector
A group of five civil rank badges
Late Qing/Republic period
The first of a left-facing wild goose of the fourth civil rank applied to a wanzi diaper background embroidered in blue satin stitch, couched silver and gold metallic threads (wear, loose threads); the second a kesi-woven badge with a right-facing silver pheasant of the fifth rank, the loosely woven ground highlighted with some painted details (wear, framed and glazed); the third a right-facing silver pheasant of the fifth rank applied onto a rank badge embroidered with a cloud-patterned back-ground in shades of blue, the other motifs defined in couched silver and gilt metal threads (wear); the fourth a split rank badge worked in counted stitch using polychrome, silver and gilt threads with applied left-facing pheasant of the fifth rank (wear, toning, framed and glazed); the fifth a split rank badge worked in various colors of couched threads with applied bird possibly identified as a quail of the eighth rank (staining, wear, framed and glazed).
11 1/4 x 11 3/4in (28.5 x 30cm) the largest badge