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Folding fan, double skin leaf, painted in bodycolour and gilt; sticks of pierced mother-of-pearl, inlaid with silver and gold; guards of pierced mother-of-pearl inlaid with silver and gold, backed with gold (14+2). Rivet set with silver. Front: Three pairs of unusually large figures are set in a very lush landscape with a bank on the left and a forest in the background. In the centre, two women are doing needlework; on the left a woman fanning her and a little figure holding a sunshade, both reminiscent of chinoiseries. On the right, in front of her, a woman is putting one arm around a man playing lute, sitting on a pillow. The scenes are flanked by a broad gold pattern, the top border comprising a war and garden trophy, birds, a vase of flowers, flowers (all painted in gold) and some roses. The top edging is of gold foil. Back: the centre is decorated with a swallow on a pedestal flanked by sprays of roses. Sticks: a man and a woman are making music in a central cartouche. The remaining sticks are decorated symmetrically with flowers and leaves, the first and last three are linked by swags. Guards: both guards are decorated in a similar way: a lozenge with twigs set on the shoulder, a flower, a vase and swags of drapery on the guard proper.
Germany (maker) (country) ()
Austria (maker) (country) ()
German (maker) (nationality) ()
Austrian (maker) (nationality) ()
Folding fan, double skin leaf, painted in bodycolour and gilt; sticks of pierced mother-of-pearl, inlaid with silver and gold; guards of pierced mother-of-pearl inlaid with silver and gold, backed with gold (14+2). Rivet set with silver.
length: (guards): 27.6
2nd half 18th century
circa 1770 to 1780
Purchased with a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and a gift from The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum
M.239-1985 (Applied Arts)