Fan

1750s
After Antonio Guardi (Italian, 1698–1760)


Object Place: Italy

Dimensions

Guard: 28.0 cm (11 in.); maximum open: 54.0 cm (21 1/4 in.); arc: 170°

Accession Number

1976.344

Medium or Technique

Skin leaf painted in gouache; pierced, painted, and lightly gilded ivory sticks

Not On View

Collections

Textiles and Fashion Arts

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Costumes

Double leaf fan painted in the “stipple” technique. Obverse: scene on “Erminia and the Shepherds” (after Antonio Guardi), gilt border; surrounded by painted “lace” on gilt and purple wavy striped background. Reverse: pastoral vignette of cows and cowherds and ship, flowers and butterflies to sides, gilt border; surrounded by maroon and purple wavy striped background. Narrow gilt on green band at top. Carved and pierced ivory sticks, gold and gilt-silver decoration: musicians carved in center blades flanked by painted “lace”; carved figures on guards with gilt-silver details and painted “lace,” mica backing.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Oldham Collection