Découpé fan

about 1782

Object Place: France


Guard: 26.5 cm (10 7/16 in.); maximum open: 48 cm (18 7/8 in.); arc: 145°

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Medium or Technique

Paper leaf découpé, etched and painted in watercolor; painted bone sticks and guards; foil

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Textiles and Fashion Arts



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.

Credit Line

Oldham Collection