Folding fan

Chinese for export
Qing Dynasty
Late 19th to early 20th century


Object Place: China

Dimensions

Overall: 31.5cm (12 3/8in.) Other (open maximum): 53.5cm (21 1/16in.)

Accession Number

1976.419

Medium or Technique

Silk plain weave with silk embroidery; lacquer; painted silk; brass

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Stiff white silk continuous pleated leaf with embroidered Peking ducks (symbolizing marital bliss) among lotus. Black lacquer sticks with gold coins and names of emperors. White silk double tassel suspended from brass ring. Guards have a gold painted bat holding a string of coins in his mouth.

Black lacquer box, gilt decoration, painted white silk with birds and flowers, with a blue silk lining. Chinese character inscription under cardboard form in box.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Oldham Collection