Fan

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A large paper folding fan, the top edge scalloped, painted with a ‘night and day’ design; the left hand in ink and colours with a hilly landscape, the right hand side with a gradually overlapping uniform blue night sky. The reverse with scattered butterflies in silver on a pink ground. The guards lacquered red. The fan leaf with a ‘butterfly’ signature of James McNeill Whistler and an autograph musical quotation signed P. de Sarasate.

Historical period(s)
Edo period or Meiji era, 1870-80
Medium
Ink and color on paper with lacquer sticks and guards
Dimensions
H x W: 39.5 x 71.5 cm (15 9/16 x 28 1/8 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
Purchase — Harold P. Stern Memorial Fund
Accession Number
F1997.32
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Painting, Tool and Equipment
Type

Fan

Keywords
Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, landscape, Meiji era (1868 - 1912), mountain, tree, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Ben Janssens Oriental Art Limited

Description

A large paper folding fan, the top edge scalloped, painted with a 'night and day' design; the left hand in ink and colours with a hilly landscape, the right hand side with a gradually overlapping uniform blue night sky. The reverse with scattered butterflies in silver on a pink ground. The guards lacquered red. The fan leaf with a 'butterfly' signature of James McNeill Whistler and an autograph musical quotation signed P. de Sarasate.

Inscription(s)

This fan bears the signatures of the artist James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) and the virtuoso violist and composer Pablo de Sarasate y Navascues (1844-1908). Whistler added his butterfly monogram and Sarasate inscribed a passage of music, presumably from one of his own compositions. These authentic inscriptions make the fan a unique document of the friendship between Sarasate and Whistler and their mutual interest in Japanese objects.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum