Another beautiful circa 1850 antique China Trade fan which shows a large gathering of numerous little figures on both sides. Faces of the figures are of ivory, and in this fan, there are many individual expressions.
There are (14) inner and (2) outer guard sticks carved from sandalwood and done in extra deep relief to the guards while the inner sticks are treated in a more shallow relief. The folded fan goes in a fitted lacquered wooden box. The box itself is lacquered on the outside and decorated inside. The rice or pith paper leaf is hand painted, still retaining its bold strong colors, having ivory painted heads and faces with the garments being hand applied silk fabric. The leaf design is comprised of court and outdoor garden and pavillion scenes. The connecting rivet to the bottom is done in a simple brass rod. The carving to all sticks is very good having the guard sticks with quality challenging their ivory counter parts. The lacquer presentation box still retains most of the tri colored gold gilt work to all sides but does show a fair amount of rubbing to the top, also having a bit of the inside paper wear. The overall condition of the fan is excellent with just a small amount of wear to some of the bottom areas of the leaf that connect just above the sticks.
11" x 20" when fully opened. Be sure to see my other ivory faced Chinese export fan also listed now.