In Museums


Silk art in Museums, Internationally                                                                                 

The finest handmade silk embroidery can always be found in museums.  Many exquisite works of ancient handmade silk embroidery are prominently displayed in art museums in China, the United States and other fine art museums and research institutes throughout the world.

 The Xi’an Museum (Xi’an, China)

Imperial Dragon Robes, Qing Dynasty, 17th Century.


The British Museum (London, UK)

Silk embroidery panel with flowers and ducks, with two detail insets.

Made in Tang Dynasty, 9th-10th Century AD.


One of the largest intact pieces of ancient Chinese silk embroidery surviving today. 

Made in Tang Dynasty, 8th Century AD.


Victoria and Albert Museum (London, UK)

The Victoria and Albert Museum has a stunning collection of 18th and 19 Century silk embroidery housewares.

Dress Length, Qing Dynasty,    20th Century

    Hanging Panel, Qing Dynasty, 19th Century


            Satin Chair Cover,             Qing Dynasty, 18th Century


Dragon Robe, Qing Dynasty,     18th Century          Quilt Cover, Qing Dynasty,     16th-17th Century               Roundel, Qing Dynasty,           19th Century

Scroll, Qing Dynasty, 19th Century



There are many other prominent international museums and research institutes who display and study ancient handmade Silk Art

The National Library of China, Beijing

The Museum for Asian Art, Berlin, Germany

MuséeGuimet, Paris, France

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia

Ryukoku University, Kyoto, Japan


Silk Art in U.S. Museums

Many museums in the United States display amazing works of ancient handmade silk embroidery art.

 Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, US) 


   Canopy with phoenixes and two insets,

  Yuan dynasty (1271–1368). 


      Rank badge, Ming dynasty,

early 15th century. 


 Dragon Robe, Qing

Dynasty, 17th Century


Philadelphia Museum of Art ( Philadelphia, US )                                                                                              


   Imperial Hanging,

Qing Dynasty (1644-1911)


   Embroidered Textile, Album Leaf,

      Early 18th century


Child's Vest,

Early 20th century


Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, California

Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, California

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts


Silk Art in Presidential Museums

While in office, both Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter received double-sided silk embroidery as gifts from the Chinese government.  In Chinese culture, cats are considered an excellent defense against evil spirits, and so both Presidents were given cats.  

Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, Yorba Linda, California

Jimmy Carter Library and Museum, Atlanta, Georgia