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


c. 1790



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


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)


Gift of Julia Dulany Addison, 1952

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