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Fan case: T.11-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Production: Unknown




Canvas, ground unworked. Ruyi symbols at top and tree peony and prunus worked with polychrome silks, originally outlined in silver metallic thread (little remaining) in tent stitch. Similar design of flowers and foliage on both sides.
Case partially lined with red silk, stiffened with thin board; inner lining of unbleached linen. Sewn-in end of black silk, side edges and tops bound with black and white woven silk ribbon. Flat green 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: 30.5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


19th Century
Circa 1800 CE - Circ a 1899 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Lining composed of board
Inner Lining composed of linen

Materials used in production

glass, pink Beads
green Cord
polychrome Silk
silver Metal thread

Techniques used in production


Identification numbers

Accession number: T.11-1985
Primary reference Number: 118100
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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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