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Double silk leaf painted in bodycolour and decorated with silver and gold tambour work, silver and gold sequins and gold paint. The reverse has a light tracing of the main elements of the design in red, blue and purple paint. The sticks and guards are of mother-of-pearl, etched, silvered and gilt and the guards are also back with gold foil.
This is a Marriage Fan; the two flaming hearts on the altars denote "eternal love".
England (country) ()
France, (country) ()
English (nationality) ()
French (nationality) ()
length: (guards): 27.0
2nd half 18th century
circa 1760 to 1780
Purchased with a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and a gift from The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum
M.217-1985 (Applied Arts)