Of Napoleonic Interest  A Chinese Export carved ivory cockade fanCirca 1790
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Of Napoleonic Interest A Chinese Export carved ivory cockade fanCirca 1790
Sold for AU$ 43,200 (US$ 40,459) inc. premium
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Of Napoleonic Interest
A Chinese Export carved ivory cockade fan
Circa 1790
the complete circle of sticks opening to reveal a finely carved intricate design of an oval cartouche with script initials "JB", probably the Imperial Monogram of Empress Josephine Bonaparte of France and six further shaped cartouches with various pavilions, figures standing in the shade of trees, boats and birds in flight all on a radiating mesh ground with scrolling foliage and a border of stiff leaves with animals at play, the scissor-end guard handles carved with floral sprays and foliage, displayed in a museum quality ebonised case, the fan 39cm radius, 60cm long, the case 72cm long.

Footnotes

  • Note:
    For a similar example see; The Royal Collection, for a fan presented to the Prince of Wales, later George IV.

    Cockade fans, which open at a full 360 degree circle are first recorded in early medieval times and may have been invented in China. St. Theodolinda's fan in the basilica of St John the Baptist, Monza, may date from the 6th century; while an ivory cockade fan from Sri Lanka, incorporating the figure of a peacock, is datable 1500-1550.
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