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Folding fan, sticks of bone, pierced and painted with bodycolour and lacquer with applied,stamped gold spangles. Ribbon of green moiré. Guards of carved and painted ivory, thumb guard of tortoiseshell (27+2). Rivet of iron and washer of horn. Front: the upper part is pierced with different patterns in four zones, seperated by rows of different spangles and decorated with eleven miniature portraits on ovals in the middle; on the bottom, a little chinoiserie with four circus acrobats. The ribbon is fixed on top of the sticks. Back: two rows of leaf, flower and snail spangles and a chinoiserie with three Chinamen on the bottom (Indistinct trees in the medallions). Guards: both guards are decorated in a similar way: a lozenge, a burning heart on a blue roughened background, a Chinaman in an oval and a shell on a rough blue surface. The reverse of the guards are decorated with sprays of flowers and a Chinese figure
Netherlands (maker) (country) ()
Dutch (maker) (nationality) ()
Europe (maker) (continent)
European (maker) (nationality)
Folding fan, sticks of bone, pierced and painted with bodycolour and lacquer with applied, stamped gold spangles. Ribbon of green moiré. Guards of carved and painted ivory, thumb guard of tortoiseshell (27+2). Rivet of iron and washer of horn.
length: (guards): 21.6
early 18th Century
Purchased with a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and a gift from The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum
M.349-1985 (Applied Arts)