Entertainment fans from China exhibited for the first time in...

fans from China exhibited for the first time in France

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The exhibition presents sixty pieces created, for some, by artists. It is held at the Museum of the East India Company of Lorient until December 15, 2019.

A bit of plumethis is how the exhibition of the museum of the East India Company is Port Louis (Morbihan). A rare collection and unique pieces exhibited for the first time in France.

Among the pieces presented, the visitor discovers real works of art. Like this fan, unique object that mixes Chinese and European culture. "The quality of the structure of the great plume is quite exceptional. It's an artist's work and not a serial job as we often find on export fans", details Brigitte Nicolas, curator of the Museum of the East India Company.

Detail on an ivory fan
Detail on an ivory fan (France 3 Rennes)

Ivory, tortoiseshell, lacquer or bamboo, these very refined objects were born in the Middle Kingdom in the 17th century. The use of the fan becomes democratized in the 18th century. "We then have exceptional ivory laces that Europeans will collect", says the curator.

Chinese import fan
Chinese import fan (France 3 Rennes)

More than 45,000 fans were then imported by the French Company from 1722 to 1741. The iconography of the leaves evolves and the variety of scenes represented multiplies.

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The craze for Chinese fans continues in the nineteenth century. Thus, the ship The Son of France, armed by the shipowner Thomas Dobrée, reports in its holds 2,200 fans that are sold in Nantes in 1819.

A bit of plume

Museum of the East India Company

Opening hours: from October 1st to December 15th: every day except Tuesday from 1:30 pm to 6 pm

Citadel, avenue du Fort de l'Aigle
56 290 Port Louis

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