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Made in China

05 September - 31 December 2015

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An exciting collaborative exhibition between The Fan Museum and Hong Kong-based collector and philanthropist, Edwin Mok…

‘Made in China’ is an exciting collaborative exhibition between The Fan Museum and Hong Kong-based collector and philanthropist, Edwin Mok. A mutual admiration for the art and craft of Chinese fans recently led to the kindling of a friendship between The Fan Museum’s founder, Helene Alexander MBE and Mr Mok. Following several animated discussions, it was agreed that an exhibition showcasing the very best of Chinese export fan design was, quite simply, a must! Highlights from the Edrina Collection join The Fan Museum’s outstanding collection of Chinese export fans with further export articles such as ceramics, lacquerware and paintings on loan from the Oriental Museum, Durham University & Martyn Gregory Gallery, London.

The exhibition traces the evolution of Chinese export fan design from its emergence toward the end of the seventeenth century to its eventual decline in the latter part of the nineteenth century. A display of over eighty fans shows how Chinese fan painters/makers responded to demand from the West for luxury goods of Chinese manufacture. The inclusion of a number of Chinese fans for the domestic market illustrates how fans for export were designed with Western tastes in mind and were generally more exuberant in style, colour and form than fans favoured by the Chinese themselves.

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Museum Admission Pricing

Adults: £5.00
Children (age 7-16): £3.00
Family ticket (up to 2 Adults and up to 3 Children, also 1 Adult and 4 Children): £10.00
Concessions: £3.00
  • Students (with vaild student card)
  • Senior citizens
  • English Heritage
  • Friends of The Horniman
  • Friends of The Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Staff/Volunteers of the National Maritime Museum
Free Entry for…

Children under 7, Disabled visitors and carers, Art Fund Members and London Pass Members

Wednesday Special:

Free entry for senior citizens.

Please note that the discounts listed above cannot be applied when visitors are part of a large group visit or guided tour group.  Please click here for further details.

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About this Fan

Ivory brisé fan carved with a view of the Hongs, Canton. Chinese, c. 1790s


The Fan Museum’s opening times each week are Wednesday to Saturday 11h00-17h00, with last entries at 16h30 each day.

Our latest exhibition, ‘Boxed In, Fanned Out: Fans and their Boxes’, is open from 3rd November and will run into the New Year.

Tickets for Museum by Candlelight, our special Christmas late-opening experience, are now on sale. Book now to secure your place!


Opening times may vary in line with public holidays. We will attempt to keep our channels updated in this case.

Our Orangery is not open as a public tearoom.

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