Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.


  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    1730-1769 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved bone and stamped and painted paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Avril Hart

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This fan shows a variety of image and pattern-making techniques combined in a single item. An image is painted on a ground of paper that is stamped and embossed with fine and varied lace-like patterns that suggests woven or lattice work screens. The painted image of an embracing couple with floral and landscape elements suggest a lover’s tryst. A parasol and what could be a small dressing table and tray of fruit occupy the leftmost area of the image while a large blossoming flower at the right side balances the composition. This fan is an example of English Chinoiserie. The term denotes decorative fantasies produced by European artists and based on East Asian themes, as opposed to imitation of true Chinese forms.

Physical description

The fan has bone sticks and guards. The sticks are carved along the edges, but undecorated on either side. The guards are carved in a floral pattern. The paper leaf is stamped in a variety of patterns and painted, chinoiserie style, with a floral design, a miniature landscape and two chinese figures.

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (made)


1730-1769 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Carved bone and stamped and painted paper


Length: 27.8 cm closed, Width: 3.2 cm closed, Length: 28 cm open, Width: 41.5 cm open

Object history note

Historical significance: The paper leaf is stamped or punched with a repeat of several designs on the folds. It is possible to see that when the leaf was being stamped, unwanted areas were padded so that only specific parts were punched.

Descriptive line

English, 1730-1769, chinoiserie, printed, painted and punched paper leaf, carved bone sticks


Paper; Bone


Carving; Stamping; Painting




Textiles and Fashion Collection

Large image request

Please confirm you are using these images within the following terms and conditions, by acknowledging each of the following key points:

Please let us know how you intend to use the images you will be downloading.