A rare Yuan Shi Kai badge with 9 imperial symbols. These badges were used in the Jifu in the early Republic period. They have 12 imperial symbols, 9 imperial symbols, 7 imperial symbols, and 5 imperial symbols. The more the imperial symbols, the higher the rank. The 12 imperial symbols are reserved to the President only. The 9 imperial symbol badge as offered here was used by the high rank officials (1st rank officials) just below the president. While I've seen several 7-symbol and 5-symbol b ...click for details
An antique Tibetan cover made of fragments of 18th century brocade imperial dragon robe and 17th century brocade dragon robe. High quality materials and a good example of this specimen. It has a strong presence. Size: 54cm by 43cm (not including tassels). Condition: wear, loss, break consistent with age (see pictures).
A scarce antique Chinese silk censor rank badge. Nice design and vibrant color. The central beast---hsieh-chi---is especially well embroidered. Size: each side of central panel 30cm. Condition: loss and loose thread on the border pattern (folded back), but the central panel is in good
condition. Provenance: by repute, from the collection of late Alice Boney.
A late Qing pale yellow satin panel two dragons and two of the twelve imperial symbols with later attached brocade borders. It should come from jifu of imperial family, as evidenced by the color and the imperial symbols. Size and condition: 140cm by 41cm. Condition is very good except for some minor damage on the back of the robe. Provenance: Christies South Kensington, November 21 1997 "Oriental Costume and Textiles." See last picture for a scan of the catalog page. Note: The glass fr ...click for details
A massive Chinese silk birthday presentation hanging, measuring 520cm length, 380cm width, the largest size I've seen of this type! It is dated 1803 Jiaqing 8th year and of the period. It was commissioned by one hundred and eighteen people to honor a group of twenty six elderly gentlemen's birthdays at an important gathering. There is an opening article of one thousand one hundred fifty eight characters embroidered on the hanging. One may wonder how much work has been spent making the it ...click for details
A high-quality Qing dynasty gourd shape red silk purse with original tassels. Probably a gift from imperial court. A similar shape silk purse is in the Bejing Gugong collection (please see last picture).
Size and condition: height of purse alone 15.5cm. The condition is very good, with just very minor loose threads (see pictures). The actual color of the purse is darker than the photos.