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Maker/s

Unknown

Collection

C.B. Marlay

Category

fans

Name

folding fan

School/Style

Rococo

Description

Folding fan, double skin leaf, painted in bodycolour and watercolour. Sticks of carved and pierced ivory; guards of carved and pierced ivory (19+2) rivet set with clear pastes. Front: pastoral scene with several men and women; Back: woman in pastoral scene.

Folding fan, double skin leaf, painted in bodycolour and watercolour. Sticks of carved and pierced ivory; guards of carved and pierced ivory (19+2) rivet set with clear pastes. Front: In the centre, two women and a shepherd in classical dress; beside them, two kneeling, working men and two sheep. On the left, a man with a pipe and a woman with an open book of music on her lap, both sitting in contemporary dress; on the right, a woman kneeling behind a bush offering a man some fruit on a tray. There is a continuous background with trees and a high wooden fence in the centre, a cottage and a well on the left, and a wooden arch and a building on the right. Floral ornaments partly gilded flank the scene. There are fine gold lines on the inside top and lower edging, which is made of gold foil. Back: A woman is sitting under a tree close to a bank with an open book of music on her lap. Sprays of flowers with gold twigs and leaves border the scene. Sticks: the medallion in the centre shows four figures, one of them in a Roman cuirass and helmet pointing to another figure. Two identical couples flank the cartouche, a woman with an open book on her lap and a gentleman. Above the side scenes, similar chinoiseries, two pierced medallions and a medallion with birds; free spaces are filled with floral ornaments. Reverse undecorated. When closed, the sticks show a carved flower with scrolling leaves. Guards: the shoulder of both guards is decorated in a similar way with a flower on the bottom, a flower and slightly scrolling ornaments in the middle and a vase of flowers on top. The guard proper of the front guard has a flower, a standing woman and a kneeling, winged putto. The back guard has a more formal design with a vase of flowers, an oval medallion with a pierced pattern, and a standing man in Roman cuirass.

Production Place

France (country) ()

French (nationality)

England (country) ()

English (nationality)

Technique Description

Folding fan, double skin leaf, painted in bodycolour and watercolour. Sticks of carved and pierced ivory; guards of carved and pierced ivory (19+2) rivet set with clear pastes.

Dimensions

length: (guards): 26.5 cm
width: (whole): 46.5 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 described the fan in 1977 as French, c.1750, and mentioned that painted books of music would be rare, referreing to the 'Oldham Mask Fan'

Accession Number

MAR.M.240-1912 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 118056; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-05-31)

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