Fan

French
1750s


Object Place: France

Dimensions

Guard: 28.5 cm (11 1/4 in.); maximum open: 52 cm (20 1/2 in.); arc: 160°

Accession Number

06.2442

Medium or Technique

Skin/paper leaf painted in gouache and gilded; pierced, carved and gilded mother-of-pearl sticks (one replaced)

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Personal accessories

Leaf: skin recto, paper verso. Design: “Twelve Episodes.” Twelve storytelling scenes in two registers separated by lines of flowers. The story is not clear; it has something to do with a country girl who is the target of Cupid’s arrows and who spends some time in the city and is subjected to temptations there.

Provenance

Bequest of Mrs. Martin Brimmer to MFA, November 8, 1906.

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Martin Brimmer