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Fan

  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Embroidered silk appliqués on gilt thread gauze, tortoise-shell and bamboo frame with enamel plaques

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs E. L. Cockell

  • Museum number:

    T.52-1939

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Rigid fan of racket-shape. The enamelled handle imitating bamboo is attached to a mount framed in tortoiseshell over which gilt-thread gauze is stretched. A bough bearing leaves, flowers and pomegranates and two butterflies are applied on the gauze; they are embroidered in silk mostly in stem, long and short, and satin stitches and knots; they are matched by exactly similar applique on the reverse side of the fan. The mount is further embellished with an enamel plaquet representing a floral palmette, a similar palmette in carved and painted bone, a Chinese lettering of double happiness (xi) in painted bone. The handle is ornamented with silk cords and tassels.

Place of Origin

China (made)

Date

19th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Embroidered silk appliqués on gilt thread gauze, tortoise-shell and bamboo frame with enamel plaques

Dimensions

Length: 20 in, Width: 12.5 in max.

Object history note

Registered File number 1939/1484.

Descriptive line

Rigid fan, embroidered silk appliqués on gilt thread gauze, tortoise-shell and bamboo frame with enamel plaques, China, Qing dynasty, 19th century.

Materials

Gold thread; Silk thread; Tortoise shell; Bamboo; Bone

Techniques

Gauze weave; Embroidering; Enamelling

Categories

Accessories; Textiles; Embroidery; Enamels

Collection

East Asia Collection

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