Hand Painted Folding Fan Signed by Dirk Gozeman of Dejima, Nagasaki Unique item with original paper sleeve and box
[Japan] Lovely Japanese fan with a painting of Mount Fuji among clouds. Dirk Gozeman was in Japan from around 1805-1814 and worked for Hendrik Doeff, who was head of the Dejima factory from 1803-1817. In 1808, Gozeman was one of two Dutch men who were held hostage after rowing out to greet what they thought was a Dutch vessel, but was actually the British ship HMS Phaeton flying a Dutch flag on entering Nagasaki Bay. This became known as The Phaeton Incident. Comes with original Japanese paper sleeve that reads, 'Fuho Komo Kabitan' ('Mt. Fuji - Red-haired Capitan'). Presumably the fan was given to Gozeman as a gift. Box is probably later.
Fan measures about 44cm at its widest when folded out and 32.5cm in length when folded up.
In very good condition. Some minor staining at the far left and far right sides. Paper sleeve is worn with staining but has protected the fan very well. Box very good with minor wear. e33040933