19 March 2008,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 8,125
Estimate USD 4,000 - USD 6,000
A PAIR OF EMBROIDERED BLACK SATIN MILITARY OFFICIAL'S RANK BADGES OF LIONS, BUZI
LATE 19TH CENTURY
Made for a second rank military official, the applied lions couched in different shades of gold-wrapped thread shown facing the sun sewn with coral-colored glass beads as it stands on a blue rock emerging from waves above a gold and silver lishui stripe, surrounded by pale blue clouds interspersed with bats suspending wan emblems and four of the Eight Daoist Emblems, all worked in subtle shades of satin stitch, within a border of bats and shou characters
11¼ x 12 in. (28.5 x 30.5 cm.) (2)
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The lions are very eighteenth century in design, suggesting a possible revival of design elements.
Private American collection.
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