19 March 2008
A FAN CASE AND TWO PURSES
LATE 19TH CENTURY
The fan case decorated with silk peony spray appliqués on a gold and black brocade ground; one purse embroidered in bright colors with a bold floral diaper pattern, the other purse of pale mustard-colored silk almost completely couched in fine gold and silver metallic thread as a chime suspended by a bat, with an auspicious symbol in the center and wan emblems to the sides, with yellow silk tassels
Fan case 12¼ in. (31.3 cm.) long; purses 4½ in. (11.5 cm.) across (3)
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The chime-form purse was not intended to carry anything, but was stuffed with cotton or raw silk that was highly perfumed.
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