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Folding fan, single black lace leaf, with black silk insertions painted in bodycolour. Sticks of spliced, smoky-coloured mother-of-pearl decorated with gold and silver; ribs of pierced wood, guards of spliced and smoky-coloured mother-of-pearl, cut, pierced and decorated with silver and gold (16+2). Rivet of iron; washer of mother-of-pearl; loops of brass. Front: Two large shaped insertions are surrounded by bobbin lace, 'Chantilly' type, the left showing a seated young woman, with flowers in her lap, looking in a mirror and diaphanous drapery. The insertion on the right has two, flying, winged putti carrying garlands of flowers and see-through fabrics. The lace has a simple twist réseau ground; half-stitch dominates the decoration and untwisted threads the outline or cordonnet. Back: undecorated. Sticks: the sticks are decorated with two sprays of leaves and flowers. Reverse: undecorated. Guards: the front guards has a flower at the bottom of the guard proper and two flowers with leaves at the left and right edge, partly carved out; the flower and leaf arrangement on the top is partly carved out and pierced. The back guard has three spays of leaves and flowers.
France (maker) (country) ()
Europe (maker) (continent)
European (maker) (nationality)
Folding fan, single black lace leaf, with black silk insertions painted in bodycolour. Sticks of spliced smoky coloured mother-of-pearl decorated with gold and silver; ribs of pierced wood, guards of spliced and smoky coloured mother-of-pearl, cut, pierced and decorated with silver and gold (16+2). Rivet of iron; washer of mother-of-pearl; loops of brass
length: (guards): 35.6
early 20th century
after 1900 to 1910
Purchased with a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and a gift from The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum
M.341-1985 (Applied Arts)