about 1860

Object Place: England, for Spanish market


Guard: 29 cm (11 7/16); maximum open: 51 cm (20 1/16 in.); arc: 165°

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Paper leaf lithographed, painted in gouache, and gilded; papier-mâché sticks, painted in oil and gilded with mother-of-pearl inlay; gilt; silk

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Textiles and Fashion Arts



Double paper leaf. Obverse: two couples dancing, center; woman with dog and man with two women in gondola, left; two women and man with flower basket and couple leaving, right; two painted floral medallions at sides; gilt and black scrollwork at sides, borders. Reverse: man center surrounded by six women, gilt scrollwork at sides, borders. Twelve wide painted papier-mâché sticks decorated with bits of mother-of-pearl; minstrel, other figures center obverse blades and chinoserie figures on guards with “built-up” features. Stylized brass ring with red silk and gilt-silver tassel depending.


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

Credit Line

Oldham Collection