Folding fan

"Mandarin" fan

Chinese for export
Qing Dynasty
1850


Object Place: China

Dimensions

Overall: 28.5cm (11 1/4in.) Other (open maximum): 54cm (21 1/4in.)

Accession Number

1976.417

Medium or Technique

Painted paper; marabou feathers; ivory; silk; sandalwood; brass

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Mandarin style continuous pleated paper leaf with painted figures, painted ivory faces and silk robes in various court scenes with an elaborate decorative border, gilt paper binding, and marabou feathers. Red, pink, and yellow floral borders with gilt binding. The sticks/blades are carved and pierced sandalwood with flowers. The guards are deeply carved with figures and floral patterning. White silk double tassel suspended from brass ring.

Black lacquer box with gilt decoration, painted blue silk and red paper lining.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Oldham Collection