Fan

1760s


Object Place: France

Dimensions

Guard: 27.5 cm (10 13/16 in.); maximum open: 52 cm (20 1/2 in.); arc: 150°

Accession Number

1976.186

Medium or Technique

Skin/paper leaf painted in gouache; pierced, carved, painted and gilded ivory sticks; articulated medallion in ivory guards

Not On View

Collections

Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Leaf: skin recto, paper verso. Obverse: pastoral scene of woman crowning man with wreath of roses, with three other woman in rear; woman with spindle, child with dog, child playing horn, left; woman with flower basket proffering rose, right; decorative gilt border. Reverse: pastoral scene of woman bathing left, attendant with flower basket center warning off man with rod right, pink and blue floral border. Twelve carved, pierced, painted and gilded ivory sticks; painted medallion of man and woman on center blades; painted, gilt and gilt piqué work details; woman with rifle (obverse), man with horn (reverse) articulated by levers.

Provenance

1976, gift of Esther Oldham (b. 1900 - d. 1984), Wellesley, MA, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 9, 1976)

Credit Line

Oldham Collection