Object Place: France
Guard: 28 cm (11 in.); maximum open: 45.5 cm (17 15/16 in.); arc: 130°
Medium or Technique
Pierced wood blades, with printed and painted medallions applied; silk; ivory; mother-of-pearl
Not On View
Twenty-eight pierced light wood sticks with red and white striped connecting ribbon. Obverse: stipple engraved center medallion, allegory of Common Man carrying burden of taxation (Atlas carrying World), Minerva right, clergy left; portraits inscribed “Louis XVI, Roy de France et de Navare” left and “Monsieur Necker, Ministre des Finances” right, pink and gray borders. Reverse: three simple chinoserie medallions, purple heart left, pink oval center, blue diamond right. Painted floral swags below blade shoulders. Piercing outlined primarily in gray.
Gift of Esther Oldham to MFA, June 9, 1976.