Folding Fan & Box; c. 1870s; LDFAN1990.1.1 & LDFAN1990.1.2
Folding Fan & BoxAbout 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.
c. 1870sMedium and Materials
Metal, silver, ivory, sandalwood, bone, mother of pearl, tortoiseshell, paper, silk, cut stone, silk tassel, lacquer.Place Made
Chinese, made for export.Technique
Leaf depth: 12cm
The Fan Museum TrustCredit Line
The Fan MuseumObject Type
LDFAN1990.1.1 & LDFAN1990.1.2Copyright Licence
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