Folding Fan & Box; c. 1870s; LDFAN1990.1.1 & LDFAN1990.1.2


The Fan Museum


Folding Fan & Box

About this object

Folding fan with chased metal and cloisonné guards applied with silver flowers. The sticks are of alternating ivory, sandalwood, cloisonné metal, ivory (stained red), bone (stained green), mother of pearl and tortoiseshell (in the centre). The sticks are carved and pierced, each one with a different motif.

The double paper leaf is of the 'applied faces' type, with numerous Chinese figures, both male and female, whose clothes are made from snippets of silk, their faces painted and applied to the painted leaf. A white horse (symbolising luck and prosperity) features on one side. A sizeable cut stone tops the metal rivet, and the fan is completed by a metal loop and double silk tassel.

The fan comes in its own shaped, lacquered box, the inside of the lid painted on silk with a bird and flowers.

This type of fan, with all its different sticks, is thought to have been used as a 'traveller's sample' for the applied faces fans, which could be fitted with any of the sticks and guards of the buyer's choice.

Date Made

c. 1870s

Medium and Materials

Metal, silver, ivory, sandalwood, bone, mother of pearl, tortoiseshell, paper, silk, cut stone, silk tassel, lacquer.

Place Made


Place Notes

Chinese, made for export.




Length: 27.5cm
Leaf depth: 12cm
Span: 50.5cm

Length: 35cm
Width: 7cm
Height: 5cm


The Fan Museum Trust

Credit Line

The Fan Museum

Object Type

Fan (folding)

Object number

LDFAN1990.1.1 & LDFAN1990.1.2

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