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Folding fan, double paper leaf painted in polychrome and gilt; Sticks of shaped, pierced, painted and gilt ivory; guards of shaped, carved, pierced and painted ivory backed with mother-of-pearl (26+2) steel rivet with green cut paste head. Front: the leaf has a blue ground decorated with a trellis and pink, blue and white flowers, with one large shaped reserve and two small shaped reserves framed by gilt scrolls. The central reserve is decorated with five young people amusing themselves in a landscape; the right reserve has a young man playing a pipe in a landscape; and the left reserve has a seated girl holding a ribbon-bedecked rod in a landscape. Back: a girl sits beside a bush on an island in a landscape, with borders of pink and blue flowers and stylized foliage round the left, top and right sides of the leaf. Sticks: painted with flowers. Guards: carved with a young man playing a pipe enclosed by scrolls, with a flower above and a basket of flowers below.
Northwest Europe (maker) (continent)
Folding fan, double paper leaf painted in polychrome and gilt; Sticks of shaped, pierced, painted and gilt ivory; guards of shaped, carved, pierced and painted ivory backed with mother-of-pearl (26+2) steel rivet with green cut paste head.
length: (guards): 27.1
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.278-1985 (Applied Arts)