China - Order of the Pao Hsing, 3rd Class...

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China - Order of the Pao Hsing, 3rd Class Medal in molten gold on the obverse, on a background chiseled with crenellated and decorated with clouds, two confronting dragons surrounding a translucent white glass cabochon, on the reverse, two clouds and ideograms indicate the name and class of the order, the two faces surrounded by a frieze of interlacing, two moving bélières allow the passage of a green silk trimmings finished by two fringes, one green, one red (detached, the upper trimming is missing), Chinese control stamp on the upper bélière.
With, kept in the dispatch envelope, the large patent of attribution partly printed on paper, ink seals, the official translation from the Chinese Mission in Paris and a Chinese passport. Joined a second trimming in red silk thread.
Diameter: 38 mm, gross weight: 38.55 g
China, circa 1881. SINOLOGIST HENRI CORDIER SINOLOGIST Henri Cordier (1849-1925), born in New Orleans, this famous French sinologist and historian began his career in Shanghai in an English bank and then turned to historical studies and research on the Far East. Returning to France in 1876, he was entrusted by the Chinese government with the supervision of the first Chinese student mission in Europe. It was following this mission that he received the order of Pao Hsing of the 3rd class and the title of 4th rank Mandarin. In 1881, he was appointed professor at the School of Oriental Languages, in charge of the history, geography and law of the Far East, a position he held until his death. In 1890 he founded with Gustave Schlegel the first journal of Sinology "T'oung Pao or Archives to serve the study of the history, languages, geography and ethnography of East Asia (China, Japan, Korea, Indochina, Central Asia and Malaysia)", still published today. Member of the Academy of Inscriptions and Belles-lettres in 1908, he was also President of the Geographical Society. He leaves a very impressive bibliography of more than 1,000 books and articles, including a famous "Bibliotheca sinica. Bibliographic Dictionary of Works Relating to the Chinese Empire". The Musée d'Orsay retains his portrait executed in 1883 by Gustave
Caillebotte (file LH/589/23).
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The medal of the Order of Pao Hsing (precious star) was instituted in 1863. Reserved for foreigners, it followed the "Order of the Dragon", or Taï-Ping medal created in 1862 to be awarded to officers of the French expeditionary force. Originally attributed to British officers, it was gradually opened to European civil servants and industrialists. In gold or silver, it was divided into classes materialized by the color of the central stone that followed the hierarchy of buttons adorning the hats of the mandarins. Thus it is also referred to by researchers as "button order". Handed over with the utmost parsimony, elegant, but not very readable by Westerners, it was replaced at the beginning of 1882 by the Order of the Double Dragon.
Henri Cordier was decorated with the third class decoration of the Pao Hsing order by imperial order on the 29th of the 1st moon of the 7th year (27th February 1881), for having contributed to the success of the mission of instruction of Chinese students in Europe.
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