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Folding fan, double paper leaf painted in body colour and watercolours. Sticks of pierced ivory with applied gold foil and varnished paintings. Guards pierced, carved, painted and inlaid with gold foil and backed with mother-of-pearl (18+2). Rivet set with clear pastes. Front: three medallions on a puce background, decorated with sprays of blue flowers and gold garlands. In the large oval cartouche in the centre, there are two sitting women, one knitting, one with flowers in her lap, and a boy carrying a basket of flowers on a stick. The background comprises, a cloth draped over a column and an urn on a pedestal and buildings to the left. The tow smaller flanking medallions show putti making music on the right and drawing on the left. a thin gold pattern sits on the top and lower border, a gold twig on the left and the top edging is of gold foil. Back: Two buildings and trees sit on a little island (the same as in the background on the front leaf) bordered by flowers in blue and pink. Sticks: Three different pairs of sticks: putti on a panel with pierced parts on the bottom and on top, two columns and two sticks forming a pierced panel with a vase of flowers. Guards: Both guards are decorated in a similar way: a column at the shoulder and the guard proper is decorated with a medallion with flowers, two putti, a standing figure, a wreath and swags on top.
Germany (maker) (country) ()
Europe (maker) (continent)
European (maker) (nationality)
Folding fan, double paper leaf painted in body colour and watercolours. Sticks of pierced ivory with applied gold foil and varnished paintings. Guards pierced, carved, painted and inlaid with gold foil and backed with mother-of-pearl (18+2). Rivet set with clear pastes.
length: (guards): 26.8
4th quarter 19th Century
circa 1880 to 1890
Purchased with a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and a gift from The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum
M.162-1985 (Applied Arts)