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Folding fan, double skin leaf, drawn in black ink. Sticks of lacquered ivory, shaped and pierced; guards of lacquered ivory shaped and pierced (17+2). Rivet of brass, washer of stamped, hexagonal-shaped brass. Front: A fishing scene with five men on a rock in the centre and the sea in the background. On the left, there is a boat with a standing fisherman holding a net on a pole, and on the right, there is a boat with two men sitting and one standing and harpooning. Low vegetation on the left and a bush and a tree on the right. The top border is of gold foil. Back: One half of a bridge and a gateway at the end of it. Sticks: the sticks are shaped to resemble a wavy floral ribbon with a narrower ribbon forming zigzags around them. On the bottom there is a row of holes, which form windows when the fan s closed. Guards: Both guards are decorated in the same way. The shoulder is decorated en suite with the sticks, with flowers, leaves and a trellis on the guard proper.
Italy (maker) (country)
Italian (maker) (nationality)
Folding fan, double skin leaf, drawn in black ink. Sticks of lacquered ivory, shaped and pierced; guards of lacquered ivory shaped and pierced (17+2). Rivet of brass, washer of stamped, hexagonal-shaped brass
length: (guards): 26.9
mid to late 18th century
circa 1760 to 1790
Purchased with a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and a gift from the Friends of the Fitzwilliam
M.25-1985 (Applied Arts)