|Ivory Cockade Fan|
The Royal Collection
This cockade fan is one of a pair, and does, in fact, herald from China where it was made for the Western market. Asian craftsmen were celebrated for their ivory-carving skills, often using intricate patterns and templates to create unbelievably complex scenes. This fan features a scene of musical instruments, feathers and chrysanthemums around a depiction of a tiger hunt, and archers. Because the fan was intended for male use, the grip is broader and thicker.
In addition to the scene described above, the fan, having been made expressly for George IV (while still Prince of Wales) bears the coat of arms and motto of the Prince of Wales in addition to the three feathers of the Prince of Wales and his cipher which are repeated on the carved presentation box.