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Folding fan, double leaf of cream silk, decorated with painting, applied fabric and mother-of-pearl, gold tambour work and red, green and gold sequins. Sticks and guards of ivory, carved, pierced, silvered and gilt (13+2) rivet with one pearl washer. In the centre of the leaf a pseudo classical scene: a seated woman, a standing warrior with a shield, and a seated warrior with a shield and a spear. To the left, a military trophy, a putto and a vase of flowers amid scrolls and flowers; to the right, a flying putto, an oval portrait of a helmeted female and scrolls of flowers. The edges are painted with red scrolls and blue striations. The upper edge has a gold binding and the other sides are edged with gold. The design is outlined in colour on the back of the leaf. The carving of the sticks and guards incorporates, a standing oriental warrior, a standing Roman warrior, a seated warrior, a seated woman, a couple accompanied by a standing warrior putto and a flying putto, female and male portrait medallions, military trophies and pairs of putti with flaming urns.
The decoration suggests that this was possibly a Marriage fan.
France (maker) (country)
French (maker) (nationality)
Double leaf of cream silk, decorated with painting, applied fabric and mother-of-pearl, gold tambour work and red, green and gold sequins. Sticks and guards of ivory, carved, pierced, silvered and gilt (13+2) rivet with one pearl washer.
length: (guards): 25.9
mid 18th Century
circa 1750 to 1760
Purchased with a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and a gift from The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum
M.329-1985 (Applied Arts)