Folding fan

"Mandarin" fan

Qing Dynasty
19th century

Object Place: China


Overall: 26.2cm (10 5/16in.) Other (open maximum): 49cm (19 5/16in.)

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Medium or Technique

Painted paper; gilt paper; ivory

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



“Mandarin” style fan with appliquéd ivory faces. Paper continuous pleated leaf with a blue, green and red ground and a painted court scene with the emperor and many figures on the obverse. Decorative border with animals and a meandering floral vine on a silver ground with gilt paper binding. On the reverse are two black and two white ducks, pink flowers with yellow, purple and green accents, and a butterfly on a silver ground. Gold scrolling motifs on a blue ground border the center painting. Carved and pierced ivory sticks with figures employed at various tasks and floral motifs. The guard is elaborately carved with figures in various domestic scenes.


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

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The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection