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Fan

  • 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:

    T.20-1936

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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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 Castaglione, 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)

Date

1721-1725 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Colours on paper, zitan wood guards

Dimensions

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.
There is a close comparison to be made between this pair and a fan painted collaboratively by Giuseppe Castiglione (1688-1768) and Jiao Bingzhen (active 1689-1726), now in the Cleveland Museum of Art, 79.18.

Production Note

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

Materials

Paper (fiber product); Zitan wood

Techniques

Carving; Painting (image-making); Calligraphy

Subjects depicted

Landscape; Figures (representations)

Categories

Paintings; Accessories

Collection code

EAS

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