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Chinese feather fan. Fan leaves of goose (?) feathers; the front painted with a central cartouche, decorated with a floral design and flanked with two, large floral sprays; the reverse painted with a butterfly and flower central design, also flanked with two, floral sprays. Both sides are bordered with a delicate fern leaf garland. The lower sticks (gorge) and guards are carved, pierced and gilt and the sticks are decorated with details of cloisonne (?) enamel in blue.
Cantonese, for the export market
Canton (maker) (place)
China (maker) (country)
Chinese (maker) (nationality)
height: (guards): 28.6
1st quarter 19th century
circa 1815 to 1825
Purchased with a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and a gift from The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum
M.396-1985 (Applied Arts)