Artist: Copy after Suzuki Kiitsu 鈴木其一 (1796-1858)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, early 19th century
Ink and color on gold-leafed paper
H (overall): 54.8 cm (21 9/16 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art Collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Fan (mounted as a hanging scroll)

Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, peony

To 1907
Unidentified owner, Japan, to 1907 [1]

From 1907 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased in Japan from an unidentified owner in 1907 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]


[1] See Original Japanese Paintings, Prints, Drawings, and Reproductions Reserved List, R. 5721, pg. 4, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919


The unusual shape and reliatively small size of the folding fan format offered a special challenge to creative artists.  Compositions that would otherwise appear quite ordinary achieve a daring originality within the slender curved format.  At the same time, the ready availability of fans made it possible for ordinary artists to mass produce and even to forge works, and to append spurious signatures and seals of the great masters.  This is a later copy of a work by Suzuki Kiitsu (1796-1858).

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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