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AN UNMADE EMBROIDERED FAN CASE AND GROUP OF PURSES
LATE 19TH CENTURY
All embroidered in counted stitch on fine silk gauze, the fan case, and a pair of matching purses in vibrant orange and red with bats in flight against a ground of shaded blue clouds, the fan case with a maker's instructions written in cursive script on the selvedge; the other three unmade embroidered diamond-shaped panels, perhaps for kerchief cases, all in counted stitch on silk gauze, two sides of a purse on one sheet decorated with a dense pattern of bats, in blue, purple, olive-gold and white on a black ground, the third with fret-work medallions surrounded by leaf sprays in blue, lavender, green and white on a dark olive-brown ground
Fan case panel 11¾ x 6 in. (29.8 x 15.2 cm.); purses panel 11½ x 8 in. (29.2 x 20.3 cm.), matted together; two sides of purse 7¾ in. (19.7 cm.) long, matted; single side of purse 8 in. (20.3 cm.) long, framed and glazed (4)
Provenance
Purchased London, 1977.
Exhibited
Kerchief case halfs: London, Linda Wrigglesworth, The Accessory, 3 - 26 April 1991, p. 27 (top left).

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