The design of this robe, figural roundels surrounded by scattered flower sprigs and butterflies, as well as the ornate 'cloud' collar, is very similar to a woman's unofficial informal robe illustrated by R.D. Jacobsen, Imperial Silks, Ch'ing Textiles in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, vol. I, Minneapolis, 2000, pp. 514-5, no. 215. The author notes that "unofficial robes arranged with medallion designs were considered the most formal". On both robes the embroidery is enhanced and set off by the attractive blue satin brocade ground. See, also, another informal robe with a ground of similar blue color embroidered with roundels of scenes from Dream of the Red Chamber, but with simpler collar and borders, which was included in the exhibition, Asian Embroideries, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, 6 April - 10 July 1988, no. 1.