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Fan - The Mikado

The Mikado

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1885 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    carved wood, sewed lace

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dame Bridget D'Oyly Carte

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This fan was used by Catherine Pelling when playing Katisha in The Mikado in 1885, deputizing for Millie Vere. Pelling was a chorister and frequent understudy in D'Oyly Carte productions from 1884-1892.

Physical description

Carved black wood and lace fan with metal ring at the base.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1885 (made)

Materials and Techniques

carved wood, sewed lace


Length: 64.1 cm, Width: 36.1 cm, Length: 36.6 cm, Width: 4.7 cm

Object history note

This fan was given to the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company in 1967.

Descriptive line

Black lace and wood fan from a production of The Mikado, 1885


Wood; Lace; Metal


Sewing; Carving


Entertainment & Leisure; Costumes; Opera


Theatre and Performance Collection

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