Two rectangular embroidered robe sleeves in a glazed wooden frame. The sleeves, woven in a deep blue satin silk have been sewn together along the warp. The patterning of one sleeve is the mirror image of the other. Two lion dogs are embroidered on each side, one larger than the other. They are worked in couched metal-wrapped thread using red and green silks, and a little turquoise and pink silk thread. In the top left and right corners is a flower blossom. Above the section depicting waves and water is a circular segmented motif, perhaps represeting a lotus flower.

These items were acquired by the great-uncle of the donor, Christopher Bass Mears II, in China where he worked from 1882 to 1912 for the Imperial Chinese Customs. Mr Mears' letter to the curator includes the following: They were principally acquired soon after 1900, when all his original possessions were destroyed in the Boxer rebellion. Many of the items appear in photographs of his home in Peking which he has dated 1907, and are therefore typical of wares that ordinary British overseas workers and tourists bought as Chinese 'curios' at that period just before the Sun Yat Sen revolution of 1912, the terminal decade of the Chinese Imperial system. Upon retirement in 1912 he and his wife returned to this country and settled in Brighton, with these objects.

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