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Double leaf of paper with four sides, painted in water-colours and gilt. Gold binding on upper edge. Sticks and guards of red lacquer decorated in gold (15+2), the latter strengthened at the head with ivory and tortoiseshell. Rivet with mother-of-pearl washers. Front l. A chinoiserie scene comprising two Chinamen seated at a table, one holding a cup and a bottle, the other a fan, attended by a servant bringing cups and saucers on a tray. On each side of the group there is a flowering tree and a smaller gold tree between the servant and the seated man with a fan. Back l. A parasol, a fan and a plant in a long-necked vases. Front 2. Three European vignettes: on the left a lady, perhaps a shepherdess, seated between to bushes; in the centre, a boy picks a gentleman's pocket while he caresses a lady seated beside a tree; on the right, a youth, perhaps a shepherd between bushes. Border of gold C-scrolls and foliage on left, top and right sides. Back 2. As Back 1. Sticks and Guards: Painted in gold with rocks, a pavilion and trees in oriental style.
Europe (maker) (continent)
European (maker) (nationality)
Palermo (maker) (place) ()
Sicily (maker) (country) ()
Sicilian (maker) (nationality) ()
Double leaf of paper with four sides, painted in water-colours and gilt. Gold binding on upper edge. Sticks and guards of red lacquer decorated in gold (15+2), the latter strengthened at the head with ivory and tortoiseshell. Rivet with mother-of-pearl washers.
length: (guards): 29.5
late 18th century
circa 1770 to 1790
Purchased with a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and a gift from The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum
M.138-1985 (Applied Arts)