Fan Case with Flowers and Insects on a White Background, Silk and metallic-thread embroidery on silk satin, China

Fan Case with Flowers and Insects on a White Background

Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
mid-19th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Silk and metallic-thread embroidery on silk satin
Dimensions:
H. 13 in. (33 cm); W. 1 15/16 in. (5 cm); D. 1 in. (2.5 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Embroidered
Credit Line:
Funds from various donors, 2005
Accession Number:
2005.371
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).
[ Colette de Geofroy , New York, until 2005; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Textiles," August 2, 2006–February 11, 2007.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Textiles," September 6, 2011–April 15, 2012.