Object Place: France
Guard: 26.5 cm (10 7/16 in.); maximum open: 48 cm (18 7/8 in.); arc: 145°
Medium or Technique
Paper leaf découpé, etched and painted in watercolor; painted bone sticks and guards; foil
Not On View
Découpé (cut) double paper leaf fan which served as an aide-mémoire for a popular song about the of Duke of Marlborough (1650-1722). Obverse: printed and hand painted design of Marlborough on tomb inscribed “Cy git Malbrouk” amid flags, two soldiers left, page and wife right mourning, center; Marlborough taking leave of wife to go to war and page with helmet right; page with horse draped in mourning returning to wife left; painted flowers and dots surround scenes. Reverse: printed song “La Mort de Mr d’Malbrouk.” Fourteen ivory sticks painted in floral design, guard backed with red foil.
Gift of Esther Oldham to MFA, June 9, 1976.