Fan

French
mid-18th century


Object Place: Italy

Dimensions

Guard: 29 cm (11 7/16 in.); maximum open: 55 cm (21 5/8 in.); arc: 175°

Accession Number

52.1746

Medium or Technique

Skin leaf painted in gouache with touches of gilt, carved and gilded faux tortoiseshell sticks, metal, paste

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Collections

Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Large fan with chicken skin leaf (double), painted on one side with scene of “The Death of Sophonisba” (from Livy) showing figures in classical costume, on other side a landscape with castle in background. Thirteen carved and gilded faux tortoiseshell sticks with applied metal ornament, showing three medallions enclosing classical scenes, two end sticks and rivet ornamented additionally with many clear paste stones of varying sizes and shapes.

Provenance

Gift of Miss Pauline Fenno to the MFA, 1952.

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Pauline Fenno