Intricately carved and painted ivory fans were among the most highly desired items exported from China to the United States in the mid- to late-eighteenth century. Martha Washington is known to have been particularly fond of fans, purchasing at least 28 for herself between 1755 and 1793. This example illustrates the cross cultural exchange of Eastern and Western design. A central oval cartouche featuring a quiet pastoral scene of a country gentleman and shepherdess is flanked by exotic Chinese landscapes. More

Date

c. 1790


Geography


Material/Technique

Ivory, silk, gilt, watercolors, iron, copper, mother of pearl


Dimensions

Overall: 10 1/4 in. x 17 5/8 in. x 1 1/8 in. (26.04 cm x 44.78 cm x 2.87 cm)


Credit

Gift of Julia Dulany Addison, 1952


Object Number

W-1857


Colors


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