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The leaf is of double paper painted in bodycolour. The fan opens up both ways, showing four separate scenes on each: one in chinoiserie, the other three European, all gilt and, apparently, by the same hand. The sticks and guards are of ivory, pierced and carved, gilt in three tones and with gilt sequins; in addition, the guards are backed with foil and mother-of-pearl.
England (maker) (country) ()
France (maker) (country) ()
English (maker) (nationality) ()
French (maker) (nationality) ()
Europe (maker) (continent) ()
length: (guards): 27.8
4th quarter 18th century
circa 1775 to 1780
Purchased with a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and a gift from The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum.
M.142-1985 (Applied Arts)