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Double paper leaf painted in bodycolour, silvered and gilt; the reverse has a border of painted flowers, arabesques and trees. The sticks and guards are of ivory, pierced, carved and gilt in three tones; the guards are also backed with mother-of-pearl.
This is probably a commemorative fan for some important family, when the man was elevated to the peerage: note the draped ermine and the putto with a wreath.
England (maker) (country) ()
Netherlands (maker) (country) ()
English (maker) (nationality) ()
Dutch (maker) (nationality) ()
length: (guards): 27.2
3rd quarter 18th Century
circa 1750 to 1760
Purchased with a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and a gift from The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum
M.213-1985 (Applied Arts)