A positively exquisite fan - gold lacquered to one side of the fan and silvered to the other. The silvered side is hand painted with a gorgeous Blue Iris while the other side is painted with the most beautiful branched Cherry Blossoms. Black lacquered sticks caught with a metal button plays host.
The leaf is constructed of many layers of paper producing an almost "card board" thick effect which was carefully hand folded.
The fan is 11.5" from tip to toe and opens to a 24" span at the widest point.
CONDITION: Fine antique condition with expected corner tip peeling. These can be carefully re-glued as there are no losses to the gold or silver. The silver side was difficult to capture photographically and is appearing to be gray. It is not, but instead, primarily silver over black with some more heavily silvered areas toward the top of the leaf and a few intended brighter silver leaf areas that look like blotches in the photographs. The Blue Iris is wonderfully detailed, vibrant with natural looking shadowy Iris leaves. The gold leaf is a different technique with more densely applied gilding over the black base with very subtle shaded areas but primarily deep, burnt gold. The gorgeously detailed painting of the blossoms just jumps off the background. Black lacquer sticks remain in excellent, condition. Fan is nailed to the outer sticks and decoratively hand stitched along one end of each side. A Japanese signature is embossed into the lower left stick on the gold side and is difficult to make out. The fan is tight to open and close and has likely been stored in the closed position for the last two hundred years or so. This could easily be earlier, but I am confident at least to circa 1800.
Acquired as part of a collection of fans.
An exceptional and rare fan for any curated collection.
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