A mid century bamboo or balsa and silk Japanese hand painted hand-held fan in nice vintage condition. Image depicts a geisha holding an umbrella while standing under a blooming cherry tree, looking out over a body of water with sailboats and a snow covered mountain in the background. The paints are strikingly vivid. Both the flowers and designs on the geisha’s kimono are dotted with glitter. Fan appears to have been used very little. I acquired it still in its original box from a local estate sale. I feel fairly confident in stating that I believe it dates to at least the 1950s. The box itself does show clear signs of storage wear with clean split corners. Fan measures approximately 12 inches long, 1 1/4 inches wide, and 3/8 inch thick when closed (not counting ring). Open fan measures approximately 22 inches wide. No artist signature. Made in Japan.
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