Lot 393: Qing Empire general (1823–1901) who quelled several major rebellions and served as the premier viceroy of Zhili and the minister of Belyang from 1871 to 1895. ALS in French signed, "Thu," one page, 8.25 x 13, embossed dragon insignia on Chinese Imperial Legation letterhead, Berlin January 1897. Letter written to Monsieur Otto Budole, informing him that the emperor of China has bestowed upon him the grade of Class II in the Order of the Double Dragon. In fine condition, with intersecting folds (near but not affecting signature), a few minor surface creases, and a paperclip impression to upper left; the writing remains impressively crisp and bold. The Order of the Double Dragon was founded by the Guangxu Emperor in 1882 as an award for foreigners providing outstanding services to the Qing Empire.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 462
Wednesday, 14th October 2015
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