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Sticks of cut and pierced ivory, painted in polychrome and decorated with feathers and painted applications. Guards cut, pierced and carved ivory (25+2). Ribbon of white silk; rivet set with clear circular, cut pastes. Front: below the ribbon, the fan is decorated in nine rows of different pierced patterns, bordered by rows of dots. The painted area above the ribbon has a bird sitting on sprays of roses in the centre, bordered by alternating butterflies and birds amid sprays of flowers. Back: undecorated. Guards: Both guards have similar pierced decoration with a snowflake motif near the top.
Made in China but decorated in the Netherlands
China (maker) (country) ()
Chinese (maker) (nationality) ()
Netherlands (decorator) (country) ()
Dutch (decorator) (nationality) ()
Sticks of cut and pierced ivory, painted and decorated with feathers and painted applications. Guards cut, pierced and carved ivory (25+2). Ribbon of white silk; rivet set with clear pastes
length: (guards): 17.1
early 19th Century
circa 1820 to 1830
Purchased with a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and a gift from The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum
M.111-1985 (Applied Arts)