Fan, Folding, Chinese design; Unknown maker; 1880-1940; RI.LA01.04


Fan, Folding, Chinese design

About this object

A folding hand fan with a Chinese design featuring porcelain and silk figures on a painted background. The peoples' heads are made of tiny pieces of porcelain with faces intricately painted. The robes are silk of different colours, applied to the paper background.

It might depict a diplomatic, philosophical or educational scene in which the figures in the two buildings are addressing each other, in the presence of witnesses. The same scene is depicted on both sides.

The montures (sticks and guards) are wooden with black lacquer. The sticks are intricately detailed with a scene of three people sitting outside a building, surrounded by plants. The guards also show people and botanical motifs.

There is no acquisition paperwork for this fan so it cannot be accurately dated, or provenance determined, but its style indicates it could be from the late 19th or early 20th Century.


Unknown maker

Maker Role


Date Made




Place Made

Europe, Italy

Place Notes

Noted in red collection register "Fan Collected in Italy 1942." Also noted that it is a "Late 19th Century Mandarin fan" although this hasn't been confirmed.

Medium and Materials

organic, vegetal, stem, cane, bamboo
organic, vegetal, resin, lacquer
organic, animal, animal product, processed materials, silk


Closed: h 285 mm x w 40 mm x d 25 mm
Open: h 285 mm x w 151 mm x d 25 mm

Subject and Association Keywords

Clothing and Accessories

Object Type

personal effects

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Copyright Licence  

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