Folding fan

"Mandarin" fan

Qing Dynasty
19th century

Object Place: China


Overall: 29cm (11 7/16in.) Other (open max): 54cm (21 1/4in.)

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Medium or Technique

Painted paper; gold

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Mandarin style fan with painted paper continuous pleated leaf with long painted sticks. On the obverse is a court scene with the emperor and many figures with appliquéd ivory colored faces on a blue and green ground. There is a meandering floral vine along the border. On the reverse are court scenes on either side of a pastoral vignette. Gold floral patterning on a blue ground surrounds each scene, which are enclosed in ovular shapes. Gilt paper binding and gold carved sticks with green and blue floral patterning.


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

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The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection