We have just received an astonishing donation, and as it is one
of a kind within the collection the Library and Gallery Panel are
delighted to share it with you at extreme short notice.
Feast your eyes on this extraordinary 19th Century Japanese
embroidery of a Japanese Chin. Although the artist's name has been
lost in the fog of time, we think you'll agree that the workmanship
is not only miraculous in its execution, but also in its
The piece shows an embroidered representation of a black and
white Japanese Chin wearing a white gauze collar. It has been
executed using single black and white silk threads onto a dun
coloured silk background, and clearly demonstrates expert
The Kennel Club has been fortunate to receive this spectacular
donation through the generosity of Mrs Hilary Stapley who, as she
has received offers to privately purchase the piece, stated "money
isn't everything, I wanted to know that it had gone to the best
place for it."
Mrs Stapley's Great Grandfather was present at the Court of the
Japanese Emperor in the 19th Century and brought the piece back
with him on his return to the U.K.
We're hoping to be able to display this piece in the controlled
environment of the Kennel Club Gallery so do make a special trip to
see this, and the other wonderful donations, the next time you're
at Clarges Street.