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Fan case: T.29-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Production: Unknown




Red satin embroidered with couched silver metallic thread; blue silk thread couched or held between metal threads. Ruyi symbol at top, small repeating trellis pattern, both sides similar. Case partially lined with blue satin, stiffened with board; top and edges bound with blue and cream ribbon with narrow yellow and white piping along inner edge. Sewn-in (now almost detatched) end of blue satin. Round yellow cord with two knotted beads of silver metallic thread.


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: 31 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

Silver metal thread

Techniques used in production


Identification numbers

Accession number: T.29-1985
Primary reference Number: 118118
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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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