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Pastoral and Chinese Scene: M.258-2015

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Current Location: In storage


Pastoral and Chinese Scene


Maker: Unknown




Folding fan depicting, on the obverse, a central pastoral scene of a seated European courting couple, watched by two men, set against a European-style landscape, the whole flanked by oriental motifs and figures within oriental landscapes. The reverse is plain. The sticks are painted on the obverse with a chinoiserie scene of two figures in a landscape; the guards painted with floral motifs. Paper leaf decorated on one side with hand-coloured etching, the top edge reinforced with an adhered narrow plain paper border, on shaped, painted, and varnished elephant ivory sticks and guards. The edges of the sticks are carved to form a decorative pattern of alternating lines and zig-zags when closed. The sticks are united by a yellow metal (brass?) rivet with domed flat-topped ends separated from the sticks by two circular mother-of-pearl spacers.

It is unusual for fan leaves to mix European and chinoiserie motifs


History note: Lennox Boyd Estate. Christie's no. 972

Legal notes

Accepted by H. M. Government in lieu of inheritance tax from the Lennox Boyd Estate

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Allocated (2015-04-27) by H.M. Government


18th Century
Production date: circa AD 1740

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Components of the work

Leaf composed of paper
Sticks composed of bone
Sticks, Guards

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.258-2015
Primary reference Number: 204825
Sale number: 972
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Created: Tuesday 28 July 2015 Updated: Thursday 16 July 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

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

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