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Fan case: T.14-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Production: Unknown




Yellow satin embroidered with polychrome silks in Pekinese, long and short, and stem stitch with some French knots. Silver metallic thread (tarnished) in Pekinese stitch and couched. Flowers and foliage (iris, prunus, tree peony) with two butterflies on one side; branches of wistaria with two birds (jays?) on the other. Case partially lined with blue satin, stiffened with thin board. Sewn-in end of matching yellow satin. Side edges and tops bound with black and cream woven ribbon. Flat brown cord 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 National Heritage Memorial Fund and a gift from The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Maximum Length: 29.6 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.14-1985
Primary reference Number: 118103
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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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