AN EXQUISITE COLLECTION OF FOLDING FANS FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTOR
The Chinese folding fan can be traced back to the Northern Song dynasty, originating from Japan and Korea, the production of such fans at the time became commonplace, but painting on fans was uncommon and was not seen as an activity for the literati. It was not until the Ming and Qing dynasties that folding fans became popular for scholars and artists who saw them as blank canvas on which to create. Of the materials used to produce the fan, bamboo was the most popular, with Xiang Fei Bamboo from Mount Jun considered most valuable. Other desirable materials included lacquer, ivory, and zitan wood, combined with intricate carvings and inlay embellishments. This present collection of fans comes from a collector who collected these fans for a number of years, and sees a breadth of artists and encompasses a vast array of subject matter, together with a rich variety of materials, enhancing its overall elegance and appeal.