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Double chickenskin leaf, painted in bodycolour and gilt. Sticks and guards of pierced and carved ivory (20+2). Rivet with two mother-of-pearl washers. Chinoiserie design.
Double chickenskin leaf, painted in bodycolour and gilt. Sticks and guards of pierced and carved ivory (20+2). Rivet with two mother-of-pearl washers. Front: Painted overall with a large central cartouche and two smaller cartouches painted with European pastoral scenes, the ground filled by chinoiseries. Left: a seated shepherdess with a sheep, under a tree in a landscape. Centre: a shepherd and shepherdess seated beneath a tree in a landscape with a manor, a church and a river in the background and sheep and a stream in the foreground. Right: a girl holding a sheaf of corn and a sickle, stands beside a tree while another sits to pick a plant on the bank of a stream. The chinoiseries on the left comprise a landscape with a house in a walled garden beside a river; a woman and a boy; a rabbit; flowers and butterflies; and on the right, a group of ladies and a boy; three horses, and a landscape. Reverse: A basket of fruit, which is under attack from a grey squirrel, surrounded by floral sprays. Sticks: On each side of a central floral cartouche there are two stalk-like birds, below there is a smaller cartouche with a seated girl and two standing men on each side. Guards: Sprays of flowers, and at the top a standing man. When the fan is closed, a rococo scroll and a basket of flowers is visible on the edge and two floral sprigs on the head.
Europe (maker) (continent)
European (maker) (nationality)
Portugal (maker) (country) ()
Portuguese (maker) (nationality) ()
Double chickenskin leaf, painted in gouache and gilt. Sticks and guards of pierced and carved ivory (20+2). Rivet with two mother-of-pearl washers.
length: (guards): 29.6
3rd quarter 18th Century
circa 1760 to 1770
Purchased with a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and a gift from The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum.
M.141-1985 (Applied Arts)