Wedding costume in six parts (folding fan)

The Sèvres Group
Bracelet

French or English
1760s


Object Place: France or England

Dimensions

Guard: 29.3 cm (11 9/16 in.); maximum open: 54 cm (21 1/4); arc: 130°

Accession Number

13.586f

Medium or Technique

Skin leaf painted in gouache and gilded; pierced and carved ivory sticks with applied mother-of-pearl

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Personal accessories

Single skin leaf. Obverse: three pastoral vignettes: woman seated below tree, left; two seated couples and cupid with torch above them with ship at right, center; man seated below tree, right; surrounded by blue diamonds and stars on green background, floral details; gilt edging. Reverse: simply floral spray. Twenty carved and pierced ivory sticks; three vignettes on blades: man and woman dancing and woman seated with dog, center; instruments and vessels to sides, decorative and floral motifs surround. Woman on guards backed with mother-of-pearl, red stone studs in rivet.

Provenance

November 12, 1783, said to be part of the ensemble of Sarah Hill (b. 1752 - d. 1798) at her wedding to Enoch Huse (b. 1753 - d. 1817), Boston. 1913, gift of Miss Annie Jewett, Gloucester, MA, to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 1, 1913)

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Annie Jewett