possibly English
about 1783
After Maria Anna Angelica Kauffman (Swiss, 1741–1807)

Object Place: England (?)


Guard: 28.5 cm (11 1/4 in.); maximum open: 53 cm (20 7/8 in.) arc: 140°

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Paper leaf painted in watercolor, gilded with applied mother-of-pearl; pierced and incised mother-of-pearl sticks and guards; enamel

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Single paper leaf. Obverse: Classical medallion: “Beauty directed by Prudence rejecting solicitations of Folly,” stylized gilt and painted border; stylized vases flanked by birds and floral sprays at sides, borders of lavender/brown ribbon and pearl rope of bits of mother-of-pearl center; narrow red decorative border with floral sprays. Narrow gilt edging. Twenty carved mother-of-pearl sticks in chinoiserie motifs, monogram “ERM” center blades. Star-shaped blue-on-white enamel studs in rivet.


Gift of Esther Oldham to the MFA, June 9, 1976.

Credit Line

Oldham Collection