Fan

1789–92


Object Place: France

Dimensions

Guard: 27 cm (10 5/8 in.); maximum open: 50.5 cm (19 7/8 in.); arc: 160°

Accession Number

1976.234

Medium or Technique

Paper leaf, etched, engraved and painted in watercolor; bone sticks and washer

Not On View

Collections

Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Double paper leaf. Wallpaper or dominotier-style fan printed with the words of a French Revolutionary song. Printed and hand-colored design of statue representing Liberty holding plummet and triangle in right hand, staff surmounted by Cap of Liberty and tablet inleft, on pedestal engraved “Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, Unité”; peasants dancing, offering flowers at sides; verses to air at outsides; border of red lines, silver vine and dots. Fourteen bone sticks.

Provenance

Gift of Esther Oldham to MFA, June 9, 1976.

Credit Line

Oldham Collection