Folding fan

Chinese
Qing Dynasty
19th century


Object Place: China

Dimensions

Overall: 31cm (12 3/16in.) Other (open maximum): 56cm (22 1/16in.)

Accession Number

1976.418

Medium or Technique

Silk; painted paper; ivory; mother-of-pearl

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Painted white silk and paper continuous pleated leaf. The obverse has a basket with chrysanthemums surrounded by kingfishers, pheasant and insects, along with one blue porcelain teapot. The reverse is a flock of house sparrows and a snow covered branch with fruit. Gilt paper binding. Ivory sticks. Guards have inlaid gold, silver, other metals, and mother-of-pearl, forming a meandering vine/tree with buds, birds, insects.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Oldham Collection