Culture insider: Chinese paintings on fans

China has been dubbed the “kingdom of fans” for many years. Fans were not always tools for cooling oneself, but also were symbols of status and taste. One main reason is that fans sometimes were decorated with paintings, poems or calligraphy.

There were many kinds of fans in ancient China, though only two types with paintings, the round fan, popular in the Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 220) and the folding fan, prevalent in the Song Dynasty (960-1279), have grown to be truly appreciated by art collectors. Those that held a famous artist’s painting or calligraphy were highly prized possessions.

An artist from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) named Zhu Yunming once compared the difficulty of painting on the surface of a fan to a girl dancing on debris, because of the fan surface’s limited space, special shape and different textures, such as colored paper, thin silk and so forth.

Now let’s take a closer look at some of the prettiest Chinese fan paintings and feel a cool breeze in the scorching summer.

 

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Fan painting by Yao Yuehua,Flowers in the Vase, Song Dynasty (960-1279). The birth of the round fan was much earlier than those of the folding variety. Its shape, like a full moon, signifies the auspicious union and happiness.

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Fan painting by Su Hanchen,The Maid, Song Dynasty(960-1279).
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Fan painting by Xu Beihong(1895-1953) ,The Cat
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Fan painting by Zhao Yong,Clear River and the Wintry Moon, Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368).
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Fan painting by Li Anzhong,Butterflies in the Spring, Song Dynasty(960-1279).
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Fan painting by Ma Lin,Hold a Candle for a Night Excursion, Song Dynasty(960-1279).
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Fan painting by Zhao Chang,Apricot Flowers, Song Dynasty(960-1279).

(source: http://www1.chinaculture.org/classics/2014-06/12/content_537342_11.htm

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Ways to Use Table Runners

Table runners are a terrific way to “dress up” a kitchen or dining room table. They come in a variety of sizes designed for different length tables, and also have many patterns from which to choose. Table runners are perfect for adding extra color and texture to table settings and other types of furniture. Table runners can be used in many different ways and on different types of furniture.

 
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Table Types

Table runners are traditionally used on dining tables. However, you can get creative with table runners and use them on all kinds of tables including:

• Patio tables

• Coffee tables

• End tables

• Nightstands

• Sofa tables

• Hall tables

 
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They can work on any shape of table, including:

• Round tables

• Oval tables

• Rectangular tables

• Square tables

 
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Placed Lengthwise

The most common way to use a table runner is to place the runner in the middle of the table, running lengthwise. This provides a perfect guide or path to keep multiple centerpieces or serving dishes in line. The runner can also be used to protect the table’s surface from candle wax drippings, moisture, heat, food drippings and other debris caused by centerpieces, serveware or décor.

 
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Placed Across the Table

You can also use slightly narrower and shorter table runners placed across the table in front of each chair. These runners can serve as placemats and can be used in addition to a lengthwise runner or without one. Runners placed across extra long tables can be used to separate each place setting.

Table runners used to separate each setting
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Runners Used on Other Furniture

Shorter table runners can be draped over a nightstand or end table for a splash of color and texture. You can also use table runners to accent other types of furniture such as a buffet, hutch, credenza, dresser or vanity table.

 
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Use a table runner to protect furniture made with glass. Use one on a glass display case, console or coffee table when you want to display knick-knacks that might scratch the surface.

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We co-founded Interact China in 2004 with specialization in fine Oriental Aesthetic products handmade by ethnic minorities & Han Chinese. Having direct partnerships with artisans, designers, craft masters and tailors, along with 10 years solid experience in e-commerce via InteractChina.com, we position well to bridge talented artisans in the East with the rest of the world, and bring you direct finely selected products that are of good quality and aesthetic taste.

So far we carry 2000+ goods covering Ladies Fashion, Tailor Shop, Home Furnishings, Babies & Kids, Painting Arts, Textile Arts, Carving Arts, Tribal Jewelry Art, Wall Masks and Musical Instruments. Our team speak English, French, German, Spanish and Italian, and serve customers worldwide with passion and hearts.


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If you have passion to write about Oriental Aesthetic in Fashion, Home Decor, Art & Crafts, Culture, Music, Books, and Charity, please contact us at bloggers@interactchina.com, we would love to hear from you!