Fan, Folding


Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Credit Line

Gift of the Norfolk Charitable Trust


Fan, Folding


  • Open: 27.9 × 50.2 × 2.5cm (11 in. × 19 3/4 in. × 1 in.)
  • Closed: 27.9 × 3.8 × 2.4cm (11 in. × 1 1/2 in. × 15/16 in.)

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Physical Description

Ornately decorated folding hand fan. Ivory sticks are carved and gilded with a floral motif. The textile leaf is hand painted with three scenes. The smaller side scenes show a boy and a girl. The large center scene depicts a balloon sitting in a field with people gathered around it. Each scene is bordered with sewn on sequins. A simple floral motif is drawn on the reverse with red ink. Large, clear stones are inset into the head of the fan.



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