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Folding fan, double paper leaf, painted and spattered in watercolour, decorated with appliquéd painted pink silk and green, yellow, red and brown straw and gilt. Sticks and guards of pierced ivory (20+2), the upper end of the latter is also carved in low relief, gilt and backed with red silk. Rivet set with two clear pastes. Front: a chinoiserie scene comprising a seated china man beside a flowering shrub, a tree in a barrel, a group of three china men, two seated and one standing and a tree beside a pavilion. On all edges there is a border of continuous wavy foliage in gold. Reverse: A spray of four different flowering branches. Sticks: unusual type, comprising narrow rectangular blades pierced with vertical rectangular openings (2 1 2 1) separated by horizontal bars. When closed they form a cylinder with openings through it. Occasionally this form of stick-bunching is called 'Chippendale'. Guards: the lower part en suite with the sticks; the upper part carved with two hounds, a diaper panel, a gentleman playing the flute and a floral spray in a C-scroll.
Germany (maker) (country)
German (maker) (nationality)
Folding fan, double paper leaf, painted and spattered in watercolour, decorated with appliquéd painted pink silk and green, yellow, red and brown straw and gilt. Sticks and guards of pierced ivory (20+2), the upper end of the latter is also carved in low relief, gilt and backed with red silk. Rivet set with two clear pastes.
length: (guards): 28.5
3rd quarter 18th Century
circa 1750 to 1775
Purchased with a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and a gift from The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum.
M.150-1985 (Applied Arts)