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Maker/s

Unknown

Collection

C.B. Marlay

Category

fans

Name

folding fan

School/Style

Rococo

Description

Folding fan, single leaf paper painted in bodycolour and watercolour sprinkled with tiny mother-of-pearl chips. Sticks pierced and painted ivory; guards of carved and painted ivory (18+2); rivet of brass; washer of mother-of-pearl. Front: Two cartouches on front leaf with Flora and watergod; back: water goddess near a river.

Folding fan, single leaf paper painted in bodycolour and watercolour sprinkled with tiny mother-of-pearl chips. Sticks pierced and painted ivory; guards of carved and painted ivory (18+2); rivet of brass; washer of mother-of-pearl. Front: Two cartouches on front leaf, the left showing the main scene, probably Flora being watched by a river god in a forest. Flora is sitting on the ground holding a flower garland, one end of which is held up by a figure with wings (probably an Horae). A similar creature is crowning Flora with a wreath of flowers. The river god, wearing a wreath of leaves, is lying on the ground on the left, leaning his arms on a jar with water coming out of it. He is holding a paddle in his left hand. The cartouche on the right shows five nymphs in the wood, pointing to the scene on the left. A black and gold ornament borders the cartouches; free spaces are powdered with mother-of-pearl chips. Flower pattern in pastel colours in the middle and at both sides of the cartouches and on top of the right cartouche. Back: river goddess with wreath of leaves sitting on a bank, leaning her right arm on a jar with water coming out of it and holding a paddle in her left hand. Forest in the background. Sprays of flowers flank the scene. a thin golden line borders the leaf. Sticks: The following pattern is repeated three times: first sticks shaped and painted like a column, the next two pierced and painted with grey scrolling ornaments; again a column and a pair of pierced and painted cut sticks with scrolling ornaments. Reverse undecorated. Guards: Both guards are carved and painted in a similar way: scrolling, carved ornament on the shoulder; guard proper with painted flowers on flat surface and carved pieces of flowers and shells.

Production Notes

German or Russian?

Production Place

Germany (country) ()

German (nationality) ()

Russia (country) ()

Russian (nationality) ()

Technique Description

Folding fan, single leaf paper painted in bodycolour and watercolour sprinkled with tiny mother-of-pearl chips. Sticks pierced and painted ivory; guards of carved and painted ivory (18+2); rivet of brass; washer of mother-of-pearl.

Dimensions

length: (guards): 27.2 cm
width: (whole): 47 cm

Period

third quarter of 18th century

Date

circa 1760 to 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 German or Russian with sticks carved in the Orient to a European design.

Accession Number

MAR.M.239-1912 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 118055; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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