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Maker/s

Unknown

Category

fans

Name

folding fan

School/Style

Rococo

Description

Double silk leaf painted in bodycolour and embroidered with gold sequins, silver thread and coloured spangles. Sticks of ivory with quatrecouleur gold foil; guards of ivory with quatrecouleur gold and backed with mother-of-pearl and puce foil (14+2). Rivet set with clear pastes. Front: love scenes including Cupid and couples. Back: flowers and garlands.

Double silk leaf painted in bodycolour and embroidered with gold sequins, silver thread and coloured spangles. Sticks of ivory with quatrecouleur gold foil; guards of ivory with quatrecouleur gold and backed with mother-of-pearl and puce foil (14+2). Rivet set with clear pastes. Front: There is a fan leaf-shaped frame of gold sequins, divided into sections. The central panel, which is bordered by green sequins, shows a woman in contemporary dress sitting on the ground with a tray of flowers in front of Cupid on a cloud, who is binding two hearts together; beside; two kissing doves; in the background a woman is holding a garland of flowers and a man is leaning on a wall. In the scene on the left, a man is asking a woman for a dance, another man is sitting next to them. In the scene on the right, a couple is walking beside a high wall and another couple is sitting under a tree. The outer scenes are bordered with mauve sequins. Between the scenes there are blue medallions with monograms surrounded by sprays of flowers. The outer panels have a large spray of flowers and are hanging from the top with a swag. The upper and lower edges of the leaf are bordered by swags of flowers, and the right and left ends by sprays of flowers. A herringbone pattern serves as a background for the leaf, which is bordered by a pale blue and gold striped line. The top edging is of a white paper ribbon with gold dots and a gold border. The bottom left and right borders are painted in gold. Back: the back is painted in the same sections with a vase of flowers, scrolls and garlands of flowers in the middle and sprigs of flowers in the medallions and the outer panels. The outer border looks like fern; the inner frames are of chains of circles. Gold and brown scrolls border the leaf. Sticks: At the centre, there is a music trophy medallion on a background of striations comprising drums, a lute and a trumpet. The next three sticks on either side have trophies, one with a balloon on top. The first two sticks on either side have two dogs on a mat above a pedestal surrounded by scrolls. Guards: Both guards are decorated in a similar way. On the shoulder there is a panel with a basket decorated with flowers, and on he guard proper there is a trophy in an oval medallion, a vase, two doves and a balloon on top.

Production Notes

Possibly English

Production Place

England (production) (country) ()

English (production) (nationality)

France (production) (country) ()

French (production) (nationality)

Technique Description

Folding fan, double silk leaf painted in bodycolour and embroidered with gold sequins, silver thread and coloured spangles. Sticks of ivory with quatrecouleur gold foil; guards of ivory with quatrecouleur gold and backed with mother-of-pearl and puce foil (14+2). Rivet set with clear pastes.

Dimensions

length: (guards): 27.7 cm
width: (whole): 50 cm

Period

late 18th century

Date

circa 1780

Provenance

bequeathed: Stanley, A.F. The Hon. Mrs 1955-10-19 (Filtered for: Applied Arts collection)

Bequeathed by The Hon. Mrs A.F. Stanley

Other Notes

Accession Number

M.11-1955 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 118081; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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