Cabriolet fan

French or German
about 1755


Guard: 25.5 cm (10 1/16 in.); maximum open: 48.5 cm (19 1/8); arc: 180°

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Paper leaf painted in gouache; pierced, painted, and partially varnished ivory sticks

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Two double paper leaves mounted concentrically. Eighteen thin, pierced, gilded and painted ivory sticks. Obverse: upper leaf shows figures engaged in country pleasures of dancing and music-making, lower leaf shows young man in a cabriolet (light, two-wheeled carriage). Reverse: upper leaf shows marine scene, lower leaf shows a landscape with two figures and classical ruins.


Before 1901: bought in Dresden; collection Gardner Brewer; by 1901: Collection Mrs. Arthur Croft; gift of Mrs. Arthur Croft to the MFA 1901.

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Arthur Croft—The Gardner Brewer Collection