Qing Dynasty Textiles
The Qing Dynasty extend from 1644 to 1911, and was the last imperial dynasty. An extensive range of decorative motifs was used to decorate textiles destined for garments or other applications. The Qing Dynasty textiles comprises over 200 nineteenth and early-twentieth century Chinese embroideries and tapestries, and includes several garments, robes, collars and rank badges. Most of the collection was acquired by Professor Aldred Barker and his son during a visit to China in the 1930s.
In 2015 this collection was enhanced by a donation of 54 accessories, including collars, hats, purses and fan cases by Ms Bobby Hastings, who collected in Hong Kong in the late 20th century. These include a few more modern pieces.