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Double paper leaf, decoupé by hand/stamped and painted in water colours. Sticks and guards of wood (11+2), pierced, painted, gilt and applied with flakes of abalone (?) shell, the guards strengthened at the head with ivory. Rivet with mother-of-pearl washers. Front: A Chinese bird seller holding a cage containing two birds, accompanied by a Chinaman holding a furled parasol and a Chinese woman holding a screen fan. On each side there are trees, and plants in pots. Reverse: An asymmetrically placed flowering tree on a brown ground. Sticks: Sparcely decorated with a split design of sprays of flowers, bowls, a bird, a butterfly, a swan and a chinaman in a boat. Guards: Pierced motifs and painted flowers.
Italy (maker) (country) ()
Italian (maker) (nationality)
Folding Fan. Double paper leaf, decoupe by hand/stamped and painted in water colours. Sticks and guards of wood (11+2), pierced, painted, gilt and applied with flakes of abalone (?) shell, the guards strengthened at the head with ivory. Rivet with mother-of-pearl washers
length: (guards): 29.0
1st half 18th century
after 1720 to 1740
Purchased with a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and a gift from The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum.
M.140-1985 (Applied Arts)