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Folding fan: M.11-1955

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Current Location: In storage

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Production: Unknown

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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.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by The Hon. Mrs A.F. Stanley

Measurements and weight

Width: 50 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1955-10-19) by Stanley, A. F. The Hon. Mrs

Dating

Late 18th century
Production date: circa AD 1780

Note

Possibly English

School or Style

Rococo

Components of the work

Leaf composed of spangles ( polychrome) sequins bodycolour silver thread silk
Gurads composed of mother-of-pearl
Sticks+guards composed of foil ivory
Guards Length 27.7 cm

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.11-1955
Primary reference Number: 118081
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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