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Folding fan: O.1-2012

Object information


folding fan


Unknown (Maker)


Oriental, possibly Cantonese, mid 19th-century folding fan with double paper leaf, each side decorated with courtly scenes painted in gouache with applied ivory and textile decoration, and gilding on the outer edge; with sticks of pierced wood, guards of carved wood, and original metal (possibly copper) rivet; in its original, paper-lined, lacquer case (c. 30 cm long) with a floral design in gouche painted on the inside lid.


History note: Unknown before donors

Legal notes

Given by Mr and Mrs Julian Limentani

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2012-04-30) by Limentani, Julian, Mr and Mrs


Mid 19th century
1830 CE - 1870 CE

Components of the work

Decoration composed of ivory ( applied) textile ( applied) Guards composed of wood ( carved) Fan composed of paper ( leaf) Sticks composed of wood ( pierced) Rivet composed of copper ( possibly) metal Case Lining composed of paper Outer Edge composed of gilding Case composed of lacquer Paint composed of gouache

Identification numbers

Accession number: O.1-2012
Primary reference Number: 193219
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Audit data

Created: Wednesday 27 February 2013 Updated: Wednesday 27 February 2013 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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