Antique Chinese Rank Badge, Origin: China, Circa: Late 19th Century – Elegant and classically styled, this exquisite antique Chinese rank badge depicts a traditional composition with a left-facing bird oriented toward the imperial sun. Polychromatic feathers and scallop perlage patterns decorate the symbolic bird that is the centerpiece of this beautifully composed Chinese rank badge. The lavish background includes polychromatic ruyi-shaped clouds with billowing outlines while undulating waves and cresting peaks with colorful outlines decorate the lower reaches of the field. Auspicious bian fu bats fly among the stylized clouds, which are punctuated with endless knots and graceful branches. The elegant borders of this beautiful antique Chinese rank badge, depict glistening bronze-colored fretwork motifs with sharp rectilinear edges that are juxtaposed by elegant botanical motifs and flourishing tendrils.