Fan

1780s


Object Place: France

Dimensions

Guard:28.5 cm (11 1/4 in.); maximum open: 52 cm (20 1/2 in.); arc: 140°

Accession Number

1976.185

Medium or Technique

Skin leaf printed and painted in watercolor; pierced and painted ivory sticks and guard; mother-of-pearl

Not On View

Collections

Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Single skin leaf. Obverse: “The Alchemist.” Man with books, bags of gold coins, furnace center flanked by man with bellows at furnace left, two figures at an elaborate machine right, and representation of figure who may be King Midas with torch, sun with face upper right; stamped gilt floral border. Obverse: simple pastoral landscape, gilt border. Painted carved, and pierced ivory sticks in chinoiserie design, mother-of-pearl washer on rivet.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Oldham Collection