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Fan case: T.9-1985

Object information

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Production: Unknown




Canvas, embroidered with polychrome silks and silver metallic thread (tarnished) in tent stitch. Ruyi symbol at top. Repeating geometric pattern, central lozenges with some scrolled borders enclosing calligraphy. Case partially lined with red silk and stiffened with a thin board. Sewn-in end of blue cotton. Side edges and tops bound with blue and cream woven silk ribbon. Brown cord, flat, with two pink glass beads.


History note: Col. Leonard C. Messel, the countess of Rosse, his daughter

Legal notes

Purchased with a grant from the Natonal Heritage Memorial Fund and a gift from The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Maximum Length: 30.4 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1985-01-28) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


19th Century
Circa 1800 CE - Circa 1899 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Lining composed of board

Materials used in production

brown Cord
glass, pink Beads
polychrome Silk
silver Metal thread

Techniques used in production


Identification numbers

Accession number: T.9-1985
Primary reference Number: 118098
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 11 October 2017 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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