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Maker/s

Unknown

Collection

C.B. Marlay

Category

fans

Name

folding fan

School/Style

Neoclassical at the front; Oriental style at the back.

Description

Folding fan, single leaf paper painted in bodycolour and watercolour, applied pieces of paper and mother-of-pearl. Sticks of carved and pierced ivory (20+2). Rivet of metal; washer of ivory. Front: the front leaf shows 'Caesar and Cleopatra' after Pietro da Cortona; the back chinoiseries.

Folding fan, single leaf paper painted in bodycolour and watercolour, applied pieces of paper and mother-of-pearl. Sticks of carved and pierced ivory (20+2). Rivet of metal; washer of ivory. Front: the front leaf shows 'Caesar and Cleopatra' after Pietro da Cortona (1596-1666) but the design is reversed. The scene shows Caesar giving back the throne to Cleopatra, which her sister had usurped. In the centre, Caesar is wearing a classical cuirass and a wreath of leaves; Cleopatra, dressed in a classical style, is stepping up to him. The scene is set on a podium with columns in the background. On the left, Caesar is reaching for a sceptre, which, together with a crown, is lying on a magnificent throne, which has legs shaped like a lion's mask and leg. Further to the left, Cleopatra's sister is watching the scene; behind her and Caesar soldiers are watching from the background. On the right, two women behind Cleopatra, further two soldiers and a vase. The leaf is bordered by a rococo gold pattern of striped cartouches and plant motifs; some blossoms and leaves are made of applied paper or little mother-of-pearl pieces. The top and edging are of thin gold foile. Back: Chinoiseries in bodycolour and watercolour; the lower half of the leaf has a brown background; the upper part has been left white. From left to right: a tree with two birds, a spray of roses, a Chinese man with a bow and an arrow behind a rock, a Chinese woman with a sunshade and a prunus branch; only the top edging is of gold foile. Sticks: finely carved and pierced striations and scrolls; cartouches showing from left to right: a man playing the flute and a woman playing the mandolin, both in contemporary dress; two half naked boys, one holding a spear, the other wearing an antique helmet playing the drums. The medallion in the centre shows two classical warriors in parallel movement, one of them probably Minerva, and two putti; two half-naked boys, one holding a spear, the other playing the drums but without a helmet. The last medallion shows a woman who is being watched by a man behind a curtain. The reverse is undecorated. Guards; both guards are carved in a similar way except for the decoration on the shoulder. The front guard shows two doves sitting on a quiver with arrows, the background a mandolin and a flute with pierced striations. the guard proper with silver and gold foile shows a vase, a scrolling ornament, a column, two doves holding a wreath, one sitting on a quiver with a sceptre in the background, the other flying; two stars on top.

Production Place

England (country) ()

Technique Description

Folding fan, single leaf paper painted in bodycolour and watercolour, applied pieces of paper and mother-of-pearl. Sticks of carved and pierced ivory (20+2). Rivet of metal; washer of ivory

Dimensions

length: (guards): 26.2 cm
width: (whole): 49 cm

Period

late 18th century

Date

circa 1770

Provenance

bequeathed: Marlay, Charles Brinsley 1912 (Filtered for: Applied Arts collection)

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Other Notes

Nancy Armstrong identified the fan in 1977 as french made for the Spanish market and dated it c.1740

Accession Number

MAR.M.237-1912 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 118053; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-05-09)

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