Fan

1740s


Object Place: Netherlands (?)

Dimensions

Guard: 29 cm (11 7/16 in.); maximum open: 52.5 cm (20 11/16 in.); arc: 140°

Accession Number

1976.352

Medium or Technique

Skin leaf painted in gouache; carved and pierced ivory sticks and guard

Not On View

Collections

Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Obverse: center allegorical vignette of “Queen Esther before King Ahasuerus”, with gilt border, surrounded by hand-painted lace and striped ribbon against dark and light pin-striped background, black border. Reverse: Italian houses on island outlined in red with black birds, boats and foreground. Carved and pierced ivory sticks in stylized floral motif. Mother-of-pearl rings on rivet. Polychrome silk tassel unattached.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Oldham Collection