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Fan case: T.19-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Production: Unknown




Dark blue satin embroidered with polychrome silks in Pekinese, long and short stitch; silver and gilt metallic threads in Pekinese stitch and couched. Ruyi symbol at top. On each side six cranes amongst clouds. Case partially lined with red silk, stiffened with thin board, sewn-in end of matching dark blue satin with knot worked in couched gilt metal thread. Side edges and tops bound with cream and blue woven ribbon.


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: 30.8 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


19th Century-20th Century#
Circa 1800 CE - Circa 1999 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Lining composed of board

Materials used in production

polychrome Silk
silver Metal thread
Gilt metal thread

Techniques used in production


Identification numbers

Accession number: T.19-1985
Primary reference Number: 118108
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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