Fan Case with Flowers and Insects on a White Background


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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).

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

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