Folding fan

"Mandarin" fan

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

Object Place: China


Overall: 29 cm (11 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Painted paper; lacquered wood; brass rivet

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



“Mandarin” style fan with figures that have applied faces and silk garments. Painted paper continuous pleated leaf. On the obverse is a court scene, man holding a cage (left), woman and child in building (center), man with fixed fan (right); The reverse side pictures a bird surrounded by peonies and other flowers on a white/pink background. There is gilt paper binding and red lacquered wood sticks with gold and silver painted floral motifs. Rosette brass buttons on rivet.


The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection; Gift from Elizabeth Day McCormick to the MFA, October 14, 1943

Credit Line

The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection