The East India Company exported many fans made in China to Europe. The decoration on this fan bears a close similarity to Chinese ceramic design. The Chinese artists who made such items were often following European models, although Europeans often saw the end result as highly exotic and oriental. This mixture of oriental design with Rococo, Baroque and Gothic styles is known as Chinoiserie. Both Chinese and European artists worked in the Chinoiserie style, which became extremely popular in the decorative arts during the 18th century. This is a brisé fan, with no fan leaf. The sticks are decorated and held together with a fine silk cord.
Given by Sir Matthew Digby Wyatt and Lady Wyatt
Location: In Storage