Fan

Italian (Venice)
1730s


Object Place: Venice (?), Italy

Dimensions

Guard: 30 cm (11 13/16 in.); maximum open: 53 cm (20 7/8 in.); arc: 130°

Accession Number

1976.190

Medium or Technique

Double paper leaf painted in gouache; ivory sticks, lacquered and gilded; mother-of-pearl

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Obverse: pastoral scene with seven large figures, decorative border with gilt details and small medallions of townscapes top center and corners (“Rinaldo in the garden of Armida,” from Torquato Tasso’s “Gerusalemme Liberata” (1581)). Reverse: scene of four large birds, decorative border with gilt details. Carved and pierced ivory sticks: obverse: Vernis Martin and relief chinoiserie motifs on blades; relief woman, painted details on guard; reverse: obverse scene outlined in blue, red and black on blades; relief man and painted details on guard. Mother-of-pearl at head and base of guards, buttons on rivet.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Oldham Collection