Fan Case with Peony, Pine and Mallow

Fan Case with Peony, Pine and Mallow

1875-1925
Country
China
case, fan
Silk and metal thread embroidery on silk, glass beads
Neusteter Textile Collection: Gift of James P. Grant and Betty Grant Austin
1977.356
. Fan Case with Peony, Pine and Mallow. 1875-1925. Silk and metal thread embroidery on silk, glass beads. Neusteter Textile Collection: Gift of James P. Grant and Betty Grant Austin. 1977.356.
Dimensions
length: 18 1/4 in, 46.3550 cm; width: 2 3/4 in, 6.9850 cm
Department
Textile Art and Fashion
Collection
Textile Art and Fashion-Asian
Embroidered in Chinese characters on the case is an evocative saying: "The hermit lies in the mountain filled with clouds/drinking in the bright moon and pure breeze." The verse begins on the yellow side above a crane and pine tree symbolizing longevity, and it concludes on the blue side above a peony and peacock representing rank and prosperity.
Known Provenance
Inherited 1973 by Mr. James P. Grant and Mrs. Betty Grant Austin [Denver, CO, 1922-1995 and 1920-2006]; gifted December 1977 by Mr. James Grant and Mrs. Betty Grant Austin to the Denver Art Museum
Exhibition History
  • "Threads of Heaven: Silken Legacy of China's Last Dynasty," October 30, 2011 - January 29, 2012 (DAM)
  • "Threads of Heaven: Silken Legacy of China's Last Dynasty," Februrary 7 - May 18, 2014 (Taft Museum, Cincinnati, OH)