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Fan case: T.16-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Production: Unknown




One side cream satin, other brown satin. Both sides embroidered with polychrome silks and gilt metallic thread in Pekinese stitch. Ruyi symbol at top. On cream side flowering branches with a butterfly, bird (parrot?) and insect, the latter two padded and raised from the surface. On brown side, flowering branches with a bird (phoenix?) and insect, both padded and raised. Case partially lined in red silk, stiffened with thin board, inner lining of blue linen. Sewn-in end of blue silk. Flat green 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: 30.6 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

Inner Lining composed of linen ( blue)
Lining composed of board

Materials used in production

cream, brown Satin
green Cord
pink, glass Beads
polychrome Silk
Gilt metal thread

Techniques used in production


Identification numbers

Accession number: T.16-1985
Primary reference Number: 118105
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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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