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Order Made Fans

Ishizumi & Co. are pleased to offer our order-made fan service. Order made fans are all one of a kind hand made originals. We have a wide rande of fans available for purchase, for your own pleasure, as a gift, or for your own collection.

Decorative lacquer and gold powder inlay technique used for this fan is extremely complicated in that it took more than 13 months to complete the work involving four makie-lacquer artists in Wajima, Japan. Three layers of inlaid were put: the first layer is cinnabar lacquer layer painted in one direction; the second layer is snow-flake gold inlay in another direction; third layer is gold powder taka-makie in painted in one another direction. This extreme rare technique give you multiple colour reflections in different angles. Cinnabar colour reflection if viewed from one angle, but gold reflection if viewed from another angle. Makie lacquer work artists who could apply this technique are said to be less than five in number in Japan.

The same technique as used for the guard sticks was applied to the leaf sticks. It is further amazing that the Makie artists put, on top of the three layers of lacquer works, further three layers of gold powder Taka-Makie, thick gold powder inlay. They painted two butterflies on the leaf sticks using Taka-Makie technique. In the wings of the butterflies, our Makie artists in Wajima inlaid a couple of hundreds tiny pieces of Green part of mother-of-pearls to create green colour wings of the butterflies. Green colour mother-of-pearls are extremely rare and difficult to acquire in that green part exists only in a limited area of mother-of-pearls.

Appointed by H.E. Priest Imperial Prince of
Shorei-in Monzeki
Imperial Royal Family of Japan

Gold-lacquer-mounted Taka Maki-e fan
After a design by Kamisaka Sekka's butterflies
(1866~1949)
With Kiri-wood storage box

Produced by Ishizumi Fan Company, Kyoto, Japan,
2008
Painter: Yoko Sakuma
Urushi lacquer Artist: Kiryusha Matsuda Takumi

The above fan is an example of an order made fan with a butterfly design.

We are able to make a fan of your own design or picture, with a personalized decoration of the fan-stick. An order made fan makes a very precious gift for your son or daughter's wedding, or a gift for that special person, or associate. We are also able to mount an antique Japanese Ukiyoe fan on a Japanese Urushi lacquered stand. For those of you that love animals, we can even make a fan with a picture of your pet.

The above fan is an example of an order made fan. It is called, "Tobiuo Art Fan" (Flying Fish), and was completed in December 2007 under the commission of Ishizumi & Co. in Kyoto, Japan. A special frame for wall decoration was made for the fan, and in order to improve the appearance of the fan the number of the leaf was increased. One of the finest lacquer Urushi artists in Kyoto created the Tobiuo (Flying Fish) handles. It took about a year for the completion of this fan, and as is the case with the Arashiyama Fan (below), this Tobiuo Fan is authenticated and approved by HIE Priest Royal Family, Shoreiin Monseki of Kyoto, Japan. The following artists were involved in creating this fan.

Decorative lacquer and gold powder taka-makie technique used on two guard sticks as well as all of the lower part of the leaf sticks. the gold-lacquered guards embellished in gold and slight iro-e takamakie.

Extremely gorgeous takamakie (thick gold powder inlay) is used to describe flying fish above waves and a crab crawling beside a fishing rod with basket on the other, the slats of rosiro lacquer and decorated in gold takamakie with spumy waves; stamped with the mark of the Ishizumi Fan Company.

Painter:
Yoko Sakuma
Urushi Lacquer Artist:
Kodo Takahashi
Basic Lacquer Artist:
Hiroji Kashiki
Fan Stick Artist:
Takako Matsuda
Gold Leaf Artist:
Shinji Yonehara
Folding Artist:
Tsujiyoshi Maekawa
Finishing Artist:
Yoshiharu Teramura
Designer:
Keiichi Taki
Producer:
Tetsuichi Iguchi
Coordinator:
Hiroshi Nishimoto

This Art Fan from Kyoto, Japan is specially made for Ishizumi & Co., the sole art fan maker in Japan since 1881. This Art Fan is prepared for the memory of the donation of the Giant Art Fan to British Museum in 2000 by Mr. Kanji Ishizumi, and his daughter Tomoe Ishizumi. The Giant Art Fan was produced by his great-great-grandfather to show at the Chicago Expo. in 1893 and Paris Expo. in 1900, and other Expos. at the request of the then Japanese Government. This Art Fan is a miniature size reproduction of the Gigantic Art Fan donated to the British Museum, it was made for Ishizumi & Co. in Kyoto under the special license of the British Museum. This Art Fan was exhibited at Fitzwilliam Museum of Cambridge University.

The following contemporary artists of Kyoto were involved in the production of this art fan:

Painter:
Yoko Sakuma
Lacquer Artist:
Mihoko Akatsuka
Basic Lacquer Artist:
Hiroji Kashiki
Fan Stick Artist:
Takako Matsuda
Gold Leaf Artist:
Shinji Yonehara
Folding Artist:
Tsujiyoshi Maekawa
Finishing Artist:
Yoshiharu Teramura
Designer:
Keiichi Taki
Producer:
Tetsuichi Iguchi
Coordinator:
Hiroshi Nishimoto.

These artists have been working closely together under the commission of Ishizumi & Co. and it took about two years to complete this Art Fan. Immediately after the completion on March 23, 2007 it was first shown to Warden & Dame Dr. Jessica Rawson, Merton College, Oxford University, Mr. Timothy Clark,the Head of Japanese Section, British Museum, Dr. James Lin, a curator and the head of Sasakawa Fan Room of Fitzwilliam Museum,Cambridge University, Dr. Clare Pollard, a curator of Ashmolean Museum, Oxford University, Ms. Julia Hutt, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, and Helen Alexander, the director and the owner/founder of Fan Museum in Greenwich, U.K.

This Art Fan is now exhibited at Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, U.K., from 2007.

Ishizumi & Co. expresses special thanks to Dame Jessica Rawson, Mr. Timothy Clark and above all Mr. Toshio Egawa, all who are warmest supporters for re-creation of art fans of Japan.

Finally, it is should be noted that this Art Fan has been authenticated by His Excellency; Priest-Imperial Prince Shorein. His Excellency's signature and seal is on the back-side of the upper body of the case. The Prince came to Ishizumi & Co. in order to see the Giant Fan.

  • Harvard University fan

  • Snow Flakes and Crystals
    Specially made and painted for some Royal Family
    Painter:Charles Summers
    a fan painter for British Royal Family
    Size:30.5cm

  • Red Plum Blossoms and Snow
    specially made and painted for the warden of Merton College
    Painter:Charles Summers
    a fan painter for British Royal Family
    Size:30.5cm


  • Size:30cm

  • Size:30cm


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