- Attributed to Jacques Vigoureux Duplessis, 1680–1732, French
Design for Fan
Pen and ink over graphite on paper
Helen M. Danforth Acquisition Fund
As trade with East Asia increased in the late 1600s, European artists adapted Asian motifs and forms in a style known as chinoiserie. This semicircular French designs depicting an imagined Asian court would have been pleated and attached to ribs to make folding fans, a Japanese form.
The drawing features a hunting scene in the center, with a pack of wild dogs dodging figures wielding arrows and spears. The artist made notes about court protocol on other fan designs, suggesting that they could refer to a specific event. This may have been a visit to Versailles in 1686 by the ambassadors of Siam (now Thailand).
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