A rare front civil rank badge with auspicious symbols but without waves, water or rocks. Lined with pale blue silk.
These badges date from immediately after the failed Reform Movement of 1898 when the Guangxu Emperor attempted reforms. The Dowager Empress had him placed under detention and ordered the execution of officals who had colluded with him. These badges were produced for a short period only and are scarce. A very similar badge is in the Yale University Art Gallery, the gift of Schulyer V. Cammann (#1992.77.37). 295mm wide. Usual small faults.
Provenance: Charles Hulme, founder of 'The Studio' magazine and associate of Arthur Liberty, founder of the eponymous store; Christie's, London.
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