Folding fan

"Mandarin" fan

Chinese for export
Qing Dynasty
1850–60


Object Place: China

Dimensions

Overall: 28cm (11in.) Other (open maximum): 50cm (19 11/16in.)

Accession Number

1976.416

Medium or Technique

Painted paper; ivory; silk; lacquer

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Mandarin style painted paper fan with applied ivory faces and silk robes. Leaf has painted court scenes with emperor, elaborate decorative borders top and left side. Black lacquered sticks/blades with flowers, birds and fruit. The guards are black lacquer with red and gold bird flowers.

Black lacquer box with three men painted in gold on the lid sitting under a tree. The interior of the box is pink silk and lining with the inscription “Ecardinali, Canton” on bottom.

Provenance

Oldham Collection; Gift from Esther Oldham to the MFA, June 9, 1976

Credit Line

Oldham Collection