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Folding fan, double paper leaf, painted in bodycolour. Sticks of pierced, carved and painted ivory, guards of carved and painted ivory (20+2) rivet of brass and washer of mother-of-pearl. Front: A woman on the left is carrying a basket and is watching fishermen in a bay. One is standing in his boat holding a net; further in the background there are two more boats, one under sail. Trees and a building on the left flank the scene. In the background there is the sea and sailing ships; on one side of the bay there are a few houses on the right. The top edging is of gold foil. Back: a central landscape with a tree, buildings and a fence. Sticks: the central cartouche shows a dancing couple flanked by two half cartouches with baskets of fruit. Below, under two rows of patterns, a column in the centre, a man is fishing between a tree, two shells on the left, and a fountain in the shape of a dolphin, with a fox and a crane by a well on the right. The lower part of the sticks is cut to resemble a column with zigzags above and below. When the fan is closed the sticks and guards form an interesting relief pattern. Guards: both guards are decorated in a similar way with a tulip and a bud on crosshatching on the shoulder and a dancing man in the middle of the guard proper with foliage on the bottom, and foliage and a jumping deer on the top.
Netherlands (maker) (country) ()
Dutch (maker) (nationality) ()
Northwest Europe (maker) (region)
Folding fan, double paper leaf, painted in bodycolour. Sticks of pierced, carved and painted ivory, guards of carved and painted ivory (20+2) rivet of brass and washer of mother-of-pearl.
length: (guards): 28.3
3rd quarter 18th Century
Purchased with a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and a gift from The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum
M.273-1985 (Applied Arts)