Commemorative fan of Lafayette

French, for American market

Object Place: France


28 x 43.6 x 2.7 cm (11 x 17 3/16 x 1 1/16 in.) fan open

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Medium or Technique

Silk and bone painted, with metallic and silver paint and sequins

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Commemorative fan of Lafayette. Painted white silk leaf. Obverse: center medallion of Fame with tricolor sash holding wreath and blowing horn, blue and painted “sequin” border; crossed French and American flags with liberty cap on staff tied with ribbon to sides; floral motifs between; monogram “E D” (Elizabeth Derby, Salem?) to outsides; decorative border, painted “sequins”, colored foil and gilt details. Reverse: appliqued blue painted leaves. Narrow silvered band at top. Ivory sticks decorated with glit-silver. Diamond paste studs in rivet.

Credit Line

Oldham Collection