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Double leaf of paper, painted in bodycolour and gilt. Sticks and guards of pierced, fretted, carved, painted and gilt ivory (10+2), the piercing of the guards backed with blue silk, and the head strengthened with tortoiseshell. Rivet set with clear pastes. Front: On the left, a butterfly hovers over a rock and a flowering tree, towards which is walking a chinaman carrying two buckets on a yoke. On the right, a butterfly hovers over two Chinamen seated beside a fence, separated from the walking man by a bare tree. Reverse: An asymmetrically placed spray with two cherries. Sticks: A split design comprising an oval cartouche containing two putti and a black swan, surmounted by a Chinaman, to the right of which is a seated Chinaman holding a violin. At top right and left, an oval cartouche containing a glass and bottle. All separated by columns twined with flowers. Guards (both the same): On the upper part, a seated Chinaman with above, a putto and a circular cartouche containing a bottle, carrots and a wine glass, and below a vase of flowers; on the lower part, a spray of flowers with a parasol at the top.
Italy (maker) (country)
Italian (maker) (nationality)
Europe (maker) (region)
Double leaf of paper, painted in bodycolour (pink, dark pink, pale blue, greyish-blue, shades of brown, grey, black and white) and gilt. Sticks and guards of pierced, fretted, carved, painted and gilt ivory (10+2), the piercing of the guards backed with blue silk, and the head strengthened with tortoiseshell. Rivet set with clear pastes.
length: (guards): 28.8
mid 18th Century
circa 1750 to 1760
Purchased with a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and a gift from The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum
M.137-1985 (Applied Arts)