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Double leaf of cream silk, painted in bodycolour and gold, and embroidered with gold sequins and depressed beads (or sequins of a convex shape). Sticks and guards of mother-of-pearl (14+2), pierced, silvered and gilt; the guards also backed with iridescent shell. Rivet set with clear pastes. Front: Painted overall with a large central scene and two smaller lateral scenes framed by sequins. On the left, a lady holding a fishing rod in her left hand, is seated beside an urn on a pedestal. In the middle, seated and standing ladies greet a gentleman on his return from shooting, watched by another lady seated on the right. To the left, a little girl holding an umbrella and a basket is seated on the ground, and a servant approaches bearing a tray of buns. On the right, a gentleman on a shooting expedition takes a rest beside a fountain. On the right and left edges there are borders of gold and red swags of flowers and foliage, and on all edges a narrow gold and red border of C scrolls and figure of eights. Reverse: Three blue framed panels: on the left, a Chinese base, a parasol, an indeterminate object, scrolls and flowers; in the middle, a vase of flowers and a green drape within a scrolled frame with a bird perching on the top and floral sprays dangling from it; on the right, a parasol, a two flaming torches, a quiver of arrows and two doves on a frilled pedestal, linked by scrolls. Sticks: In the middle, an altar of love flanked by putti, musical trophies, paterae and sprays of leaves. Guards: On the lower part, formal leaves. On the upper part, a vase, loops, bound laurel, a putto holding a torch, doves and a bow.
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Double leaf of cream silk, painted in gouache and gold, and embroidered with gold sequins and depressed beads (or sequins of a convex shape). Sticks and guards of mother-of-pearl (14+2), pierced, silvered and gilt; the guards also backed with iridescent shell. Rivet set with clear pastes
length: (guards): 27.9
4th quarter 18th century
Purchased with a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and a gift from The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum
M.211-1985 (Applied Arts)