This painted fan shows the element of fantasy in Chinoiserie styles. An island floats in mid-air, while a person of rank in oriental costume is carried on a litter and attended by a warrior on horseback. On the right-hand side is a group of rather tame wild animals. A peacock and a heron are fighting on the left. The reverse of the fan shows a scene on a beach with shells, sprays of flowers, and clusters of exotic fruits. The motifs all show the strong influence of the Rococo style of the mid 18th century.

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  • Title: Fan
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1730/1750
  • Location: Great Britain
  • Physical Dimensions: Length: 29 cm length of guard, Width: 54 cm, Length: 29 cm closed, Width: 3 cm closed, Depth: 2 cm closed
  • Provenance: Bequeathed by Emily Beauclerk
  • Medium: Gouache on paper, with carved and painted ivory sticks and guards, inset with mother-of-pearl

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