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  • Place of origin:

    China (embroidered)
    Great Britain (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    1920 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Asprey plc (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Embroidered silk, with metal and semi-precious stone fittings

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs A E Yuill

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Embroidered silk handbag with metal and semi-precious stone fittings. The bag is a clutch bag with no handle or strap.

The main part of the bag is made from either a Chinese sleeveband or a section of a Chinese woman's skirt. This is embroidered on a yellow silk ground with peacocks, flowers and butterflies in seed stitch and with gold couched outlines. Down the sides of the bag, and attached to the embroidery, is a blue Chinese woven ribbon. The Chinese silk is incorporated into the bag by means of a metal handbag frame. This frame has a clasp at the top, made from one large pinky stone and two smaller green ones; this clasp slides to the left to open the bag. The bag is lined on the inside with yellow silk satin and there is a central compartment with a metal frame, a small metal clasp and two satin pockets on either side.

There is no Asprey label.

Place of Origin

China (embroidered)
Great Britain (possibly, made)


1920 (made)


Asprey plc (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Embroidered silk, with metal and semi-precious stone fittings


Length: 22 cm, Height: 15 cm

Object history note

There is no Asprey label and this provenance comes from the donor.

Descriptive line

Embroidered silk handbag, possibly made by Asprey plc, embroidered in China and possibly made in Great Britain, 1920

Production Note

The embroidery is Chinese, and was possibly made into a bag in the UK


Silk (textile); Metal; Semi-precious stone



Subjects depicted

Peacocks; Floral patterns


Accessories; Textiles; Embroidery; Fashion; Women's clothes; SCRAN


East Asia Collection

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