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Fan case: T.10-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Production: Unknown




Canvas, embroidered with polychrome silks in tent stitch. Ruyi symbols at top, wave pattern at bottom. Centrally placed, variously shaped lozenges enclosing calligraphy, on a ground of small repeated geometric patterns with half-lozenges at top containing stylised flowers. Case partially lined with purple silk, stiffened with thin board. Sewn-in end of black silk. Side edges and tops bound with blue and cream woven silk ribbon. Flat blue cord with one pink glass bead.


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

Legal notes

Purchased with a grant from the National 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

pink Beads
polychrome Silk

Techniques used in production


Identification numbers

Accession number: T.10-1985
Primary reference Number: 118099
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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