Folding fan

Chinese (Tai Bing Fong, Hangchow)
Qing Dynasty
about 1900

Object Place: Hangchow, Tai Bing Fong, China


Overall: 23.5cm (9 1/4in.) Other (open maximum): 37.5cm (14 3/4in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Painted paper; ivory; wood; silk plain weave

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Painted paper continuous pleated leaf with views of Hangchow Lake near Shanghai. On the obverse is a lake with boats with buildings along shore, a fortress in the foreground, and mountains in the distance. The reverse also has a lake with figures around a pagoda. Ivory sticks and guard on a gold ground.

Original wood box with light blue figured silk lining and green paper over cardboard at ends, with an inscription on the bottom: “Médaille de Bronze. 1900. Expon. Univle. Paris.”


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

Credit Line

Oldham Collection