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Le Mari Moderne Fan (The Modern Husband Fan)
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Le Mari Moderne Fan
The Modern Husband Fan
Folding fan, double skin leaf painted in bodycolour and watercolour. Sticks of pierced and cut ivory, guards of carved, cut and pierced ivory backed with mother-of-pearl (14+2) rivet set with clear pastes. Inscribed 'Le mari moderne'. Front: the centre depicts a comic scene with a lady flanked by two gentlemen, one sitting and holding his arm around her waist, the other standing, holding her hand. She is holding one end of a lead, the other end of which is fixed to her husband's nose; he is standing on the left. The ground is painted with a tree, rocks and a tree trunk on the left, and a tree and rock with the inscription 'Le mari moderne' on the right. The background is white with indistinct buildings on the right. Top and lower edging of skin. Back: A pedestal, a tree and some little rocks sit in the centre on a white background. Sticks: all sticks and the shoulder of the guards are pierced in the same way, forming little windows when the fan is closed. an eye-shaped hole in the middle is flanked by five linked dots and a lozenge flanked by two pairs of dots. Guards: both guards proper are decorated in the same way: a flower on the bottom, a quiver and a flower in an oval medallion, a bow, a standing flute player and a music trophy on top.
France, (maker) (country)
French (maker) (nationality)
Folding fan, double skin leaf painted in bodycolour and watercolour. Sticks of pierced and cut ivory, guards of carved, cut and pierced ivory backed with mother-of-pearl (14+2) rivet set with clear pastes
length: (guards): 27.1
4th quarter 18th century
Purchased with a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and a gift from The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum
M.300-1985 (Applied Arts)