Chinese Paper Fan detail

Paper Fan. Stamped “Shangai Arts & Crafts – Made in The People’s Republic of China”

There are currently four very similar fans for sale on eBay from a low of $8 to a high of $22. One even claims the status of antique. Which technically, cannot be true, as the People’s Republic of China was not established until 1949 (hence the potential value or worthlessness of my 1949 stamps.)  Vintage, on the other hand…

Closed, it’s a very compact creature. Brings to mind an evening bag, a gin and tonic, smoke pluming from a long cigarette holder.

Chinese Fan Semi Open

Chinese Paper Fan Open

Status: Unknown. Such a delicate object, it speaks to me (now that it’s dusted off and taken out of the far reaches of the linen closet).