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Rare Chinese Fan Sells for £5,000

11th October 2019.

A rare Chinese Qing Dynasty (19th century) Mandarin fan has sold at Tennants Auctioneers for £5,000 (plus buyer’s premium) in their dedicated Fan Sale on 11th October. The unusual fan comprised a gilded filigree metal and enamelled telescopic monture, with applied silver metal dragons to the guards. The double-paper leaf depicted gatherings of people in vivid colours, their clothes made of applied silk and their faces made from painted and applied ivory.

Mary Cooper, Tennants’ Fan Consultant, said of the fan: ‘This was a very nice example of an unusual fan, and we were delighted that it was purchased by a museum’.

Further highlights of the sale included an intriguing 18th century stipple engraving and hand-coloured English fan celebrating the marriage of George, Prince of Wales and Caroline of Brunswick in 1795 (sold for £1,800 plus buyer’s premium), a good late 17th or early 18th century wooden fan depicting the Rape of the Sabine Women (sold for £1,400 plus buyer’s premium), and a good 19th century Qing Dynasty tortoiseshell brise fan (sold for £1,200 plus buyer’s premium).

The sale resulted in a total hammer price of £39,040 for 223 lots, with a 79% sold rate.

We are currently accepting lots for the next sale of Fans in Spring 2020.

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