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  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1785-90 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted paper and pierced ivory

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss Orwin

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Folding fan with paper leaf painted with a port view of Canton with buildings in the background and European and Chinese figures standing in front of them. Flag poles from left to right include a flag depicting a white cross on a red ground (Danish), a white flag, a blue flag with a yellow cross (Swedish), a Union Jack and a tricolour (France). Chinese junks in the foreground. All surrounded with a formal flower border. The reverse is painted with large sprays of flowers from left to right: chrysanthemums, roses, blue daisies and azaleas.

The sticks are of bone brisé with bands of geometric piercing, the guards carved in relief with a Chainese landscape.

Place of Origin

China (made)


ca. 1785-90 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted paper and pierced ivory


Height: 27 cm, Width: 47 cm

Descriptive line

Fan of painted paper on ivory sticks, China, ca. 1785-90

Labels and date

Folding Fan
Painted paper and pierced ivory
The waterfront of Canton
About 1760-1780
Given by Miss Orwin. [1987]


Paper; Ivory


Painted; Piercing




East Asia Collection

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