Folding fan

"Mandarin" fan

Chinese
Qing Dynasty
19th century


Object Place: China

Dimensions

Overall: 29cm (11 7/16in.) Other (open max): 54cm (21 1/4in.)

Accession Number

43.2102

Medium or Technique

Painted paper; gold

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Mandarin style fan with painted paper continuous pleated leaf with long painted sticks. On the obverse is a court scene with the emperor and many figures with appliquéd ivory colored faces on a blue and green ground. There is a meandering floral vine along the border. On the reverse are court scenes on either side of a pastoral vignette. Gold floral patterning on a blue ground surrounds each scene, which are enclosed in ovular shapes. Gilt paper binding and gold carved sticks with green and blue floral patterning.

Provenance

The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection; Gift from Elizabeth Day McCormick to the MFA, November 1943

Credit Line

The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection