19 March 2008
TWO FAN CASES
One finely embroidered on one side with a flock of cranes and a pine tree, the reverse with a flock of birds pecking at the ground, perched on a rock, and swooping amidst a wisteria vine, with a black and white woven edging; the other embroidered and worked in counted stitch on a couched gold-thread ground on one side with a pair of cranes and a deer below a pine tree, and on the reverse with a cabbage and tree peony, with woven blue-green edging
11¾ in. (30 cm.) long (2)
Both purchased London, one 1977, the other 1978.
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The first fan case is embroidered in a style very similar to one in the Victoria & Albert Museum, illustrated by V. Wilson, Chinese Dress, London, 1989, p. 71 (second from left).
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