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Fine Chinese Antique Rank Badge, Circa 1850

Fine Chinese Antique Rank Badge, Circa 1850

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Textiles: Pre 1900: Item # 914028
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An authentic Rank Badge from the Qing Dynasty. The badge is made of "petit point" technique also called counted thread on silk gauze mesh. The central image of a peacock indicates it was for a civil official of the third rank. The bird and the sun had been worked separately and appliquéd to the panel. The peacock stands on a central rock, with waves below. A red disc represents the sun in the upper left corner. Geometrically patterned sky with scroll clouds. Arranged in a circle around the bird, the eight Buddhist emblems of good fortune.

What fairly rare for "petit point" badge is that the whole background of the badge was covered with gold thread. Very thin and compact couched gold threads are covering the whole badge instead of just decorating the center motif or the ocean or the border line. And it has the vibrant colors, still very impressive today. Gold thread was expensive to make. The "petit point" technique was very time consuming. Putting the two together in this massive way was a bold statement of power and wealth.

Size: 11.75"W x 11.5"H

Condition: Good condition