Folding fan

Chinese for export
Qing Dynasty
late 18th century

Object Place: China


Overall: 26cm (10 1/4in.) Other (open maximum): 46cm (18 1/8in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Painted paper; bone

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Folding fan with painted scenes, on the obverse is a black and brown outlined scene with three ships flying the flags of Netherlands, Sweden, and Denmark, sailing past a port city. On the reverse is a small bouquet of blue and pink flowers. Gilt paper binding at top. Pierced and painted bone sticks with three medallions showing outdoor settings. One guard are painted floral motifs, the other is not decorated and may be a replacement.


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

Credit Line

Oldham Collection