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  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    1721-1725 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Jiao, Bingzhen (painter)
    Fang, Guancheng (calligrapher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colours on paper, <i>zitan</i> wood guards

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Alec Tweedie

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This fan is typical of the type of small gifts given by the Qing emperors to favoured aristocrats and high officials.

The painting is by Jiao Bingzhen, not only a court artist (active 1689-1726), but also a valued mathematician known to have collaborated with Giuseppe Castiglione, the Itlaian Jesuit artist. The calligraphy on the fan is made by an important civil servant, Fang Guangcheng, and the inscriptions on the wooden guards are also made by other important officials.

This fan was once in the possession of the Qing statesman Li Hongzhang.

Physical description

Folding fan, colours on paper, zitan wood guards; painted with landscape and figures in colour on one side, calligraphy on the other.

Place of Origin

China (made)


1721-1725 (made)


Jiao, Bingzhen (painter)
Fang, Guancheng (calligrapher)

Materials and Techniques

Colours on paper, zitan wood guards


Length: 31.7 cm

Object history note

One of a pair with T.20A-1936.
Registered File number 2125/1936.

Descriptive line

Fan, colours on paper, zitan wood guards, painted by Jiao Bingzhen (active 1689-1726), calligraphy by Fang Guancheng (1698-1768), China, Qing dynasty, 1721-1725.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Rose Kerr (ed.), TT Tsui Gallery of Chinese Art pp.194-195
William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art and Mary Atkins Museum of Fine Arts, Eight dynasties of Chinese painting : the collections of the Nelson Gallery-Atkins Museum, Kansas City, and the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, 1980, no. 261, pp.353-354.

Production Note

Painted by Jiao Bingzhen (active 1689-1726), calligraphy by Fang Guancheng (1698-1768).


Paper (fiber product); Zitan wood


Painting (image-making); Calligraphy; Carving

Subjects depicted

Landscape; Figures (representations)


Accessories; Paintings


East Asia Collection

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