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Maker/s

Unknown

Category

fans

Name

folding fan

School/Style

Chinoiserie

Description

Folding fan, double silk leaf, painted in bodycolour with a European scene and chinoiseries decorated with applied coloured sequins and laid silver-gilt and silver threads. Sticks pierced and cut ivory with silver and gold encrustations. Guards carved ivory with silver encrustations backed with foil (12+2). Rivet and washer of brass; probably replaced in the 19th century. Front: marriage fan with a couple in a garden and chinoiseries; back:undecorated

Folding fan, double silk leaf, painted in bodycolour with a European scene and chinoiseries decorated with applied coloured sequins and laid silver-gilt and silver threads. Sticks pierced and cut ivory with silver and gold encrustations. Guards carved ivory with silver encrustations backed with foil (12+2). Rivet and washer of brass; probably replaced in the 19th century. Front: probably a marriage fan with a couple in contemporary dress in the centre standing in a garden in front of a pedestal. Two differently decorated columns flank them on a ground, which is also decorated with sequins. Above the couple, a star of paint and purple sequins, slightly scrolling chains of sequins and a little Chinese-style pavilion of silver thread; beside the right column, a vase of flowers worked in silver thread. On the left, flanked by two decorated columns a chinoiserie with two very small figures on a tree-stepped round pedestal. Above a hovering Chinese roof and on the left a little building; on the right a chinoiserie with a man sitting on the ground flying a kite and another one standing in a pavilion. Painted plants decorated with gold thread and sequins. A double line wrapped with leaves runs round the left top and right sides and there is a single gold-red line at the bottom. Back: Undecorated. Sticks: From the guards to the middle the sticks are decorated symmetrically. The first three sticks form and oval medallion with a pierced star in the middle, the other sticks have semicircles on a base; the fourth stick has a chain of rhombuses between two lines and the fifth stick has a zigzag line between two straight lines. The two sticks in the centre show a floral sprig, a mandolin and a flute on a background of pierced striations, and a bow and floral spray. The reverse is undecorated. Guards: both guards are decorated in a similar way: a single profiled line on the shoulder. The guard proper is divided into fields: four circles on the bottom, two sprays of flowers, a mandolin, an open book, and a stick with a ribbon on a background of pierced striations, inlaid with foil and decorated with dots in the corners; on top, semicircles above a clover leaf flanked by pipes dangling from bows.

Production Place

France, (country)

French (nationality)

Technique Description

Folding fan, double silk leaf, painted in bodycolour with a European scene and chinoiseries decorated with applied coloured sequins and laid silver-gilt and silver threads. Sticks pierced and cut ivory with silver and gold encrustations. Guards carved ivory with silver encrustations backed with foil (12+2). Rivet and washer of brass; probably replaced in the 19th century.

Dimensions

length: (guard): 20 cm
width: (whole): 51 cm

Period

late 18th century

Date

circa 1780

Provenance

bequeathed: Gurney, T.T. Mrs 1908-11-07 (Filtered for: Applied Arts collection)

Bequeathed by Mrs T.T. Gurney

Other Notes

Accession Number

M.9-1908 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 118048; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-05-10)

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