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Origin: China (Sticks) and England (Leaf)

Date: ca. 1790

This fan is a beauty and is much, much nicer than I was able to show in the photos. The sticks are almost certainly Chinese made (perhaps by a Chinese artisan living in England) and the leaf is English. Some collectors believe these types of sticks to be late 17th/early 18th century, but I am quite certain that they date to the end of the 18th century. The sticks are made of black, gold and red lacquered wood (bamboo, I presume) with some round mother of pearl inlay and ivory tips around the rivet. The lower ends of guarsticks have tortoiseshell pieces applied. The front of the sticks show a Chinese dragon among clouds and the reverse shows what I believe may be a poem in Chinese characters. The fine double swanskin leaf is beautifully handpainted with Chinese ladies and children in a garden (on small islands surrounded by water), while the reverse is shows a lady at a dressing table accompanied by her ladies in waiting. The colours are still beautifully vibrant.

Length: 10.75" (27.5 cm) Width: 17" (44 cm)

Condition: Very good, with one professional period (18th century or mid-Victorian) repair on the left guardstick when the first inner stick on the left was also removed (presumably because it was broken) and the corresponding fold partially glued to the next one (see photo). I noticed 2 missing round pieces of mother of pearl (one on each guardstick)

Price: SOLD

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