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  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1935 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Feather, with bone sticks

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Pamela Marchant

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    China, Room 44, The T.T. Tsui Gallery, case 58

This fan made of swansdown was held by a bridesmaid at a wedding, instead of flowers. Both the bride and the groom were Scots living in China and the wedding took place in Chongqing, western China, in 1935. The swansdown still shows a faint tinge of pale green, the colour with which the swansdown was originally tinted, to match the dress and lace hat worn by the bridesmaid.

Physical description

Folding fan, plain white swansdown with green tassels

Place of Origin

China (made)


ca. 1935 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Feather, with bone sticks


Height: 31 cm

Object history note

Wedding present given to two Scots, Lieut Tom Marchant and Robina Bookless, who got married in Chongqing, west China, in 1935.

Descriptive line

Folding fan, white swansdown with green tassels and bone sticks, China, ca. 1935


Feather; Bone


Accessories; Scotland


East Asia Collection

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