Fan Case with Flowers and Insects on a White Background
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Silk and metallic-thread embroidery on silk satin
H. 13 in. (33 cm); W. 1 15/16 in. (5 cm); D. 1 in. (2.5 cm)
Funds from various donors, 2005
Not on view
Shown here is an embroidered fan case—an accessory worn at the waist for holding folding fans when they were not in use. The case with a white ground was originally acquired in Beijing by Louis de Geofroy, French ambassador to China in the 1850s. It features an unusual technique—raised-work embroidery, which produces a three-dimensional effect (note the insect motifs).