Fan

1770s


Object Place: France

Dimensions

Guard: 27.5 cm (10 13/16 in.); Max. open: 51 cm (20 1/16 in.); arc: 160°

Accession Number

1976.215

Medium or Technique

Silk leaf painted in gouache, applied sequins and gilt-silver threads; pierced ivory sticks, with piqué work and gilt-silver details

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Collections

Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Double white silk leaf. Design: three vignettes: woman encouraging bird in cage to sing by playing music box, left; man teaching woman song, center; woman embroidering, right; surrounding painted floral design with details in laid gilt-silver yarns and brass sequins. Carved and pierced ivory sticks decorated with gilt-silver and piqué work. “Shuttle-shaped” Wedgwood cameo of Terpsichore on obverse guard (added later); missing cameo on reverse guard.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Oldham Collection