• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 7720

    Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Including Export Art

    12 May 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 72

    A VERY RARE CIVIL OFFICIAL'S RANK BADGE OF A PEACOCK, BUZI

    KANGXI PERIOD (1662 - 1722)

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A VERY RARE CIVIL OFFICIAL'S RANK BADGE OF A PEACOCK, BUZI
    KANGXI PERIOD (1662 - 1722)
    Made for a civil official of the third rank, finely embroidered with a central peacock with long wings and tail in a medallion amidst ruyi clouds and reserved on a dense ground of couched gold threads, framed by a thin border of stylised scrolls in further couched gold threads
    13½ in. (34 cm.) square


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    A badge similar to the present lot is in the British Museum, illustrated by Jessica Rawson in The British Museum Book of Chinese Art, New York, 1992, p. 36, no. 14; and a pair was included in the exhibition The Badge of Rank, London, April 19-May 13, 1990, illustrated by Linda Wrigglesworth, Catalogue, pp. 26 and 27

    Other third rank badges of this type with the peacock standing freely, rather than its body forming a medallion, are in the Letcher Collection, illustrated by Schuyler Cammann, 'Chinese Mandarin Squares', University Museum Bulletin, Vol. 17, No. 3, University of Pennsylvania, 1953, fig. 8, no. 9; one from a private collection is illustrated on the front cover, Arts of Asia, May-June, 1991; another is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, illustrated by Young Yang Chung, The Art of Oriental Embroidery, New York, 1983, fig. 6-13; and another illustrated by Valery M. Garrett, Chinese Clothing, Hong Kong, 1994, pl. 31

    Special Notice

    VAT rate of 5% is payable on hammer price and at 15% on the buyer's premium


    Provenance

    Christie's New York, 22 September 1995, lot 535