Folding fan depicting scenes from the history of ballooning

about 1785

Object Place: France


Guard: 26.6 cm (10 1/2 in.); maximum open: 50.5 cm (19 7/8); arc: 180°

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Medium or Technique

Reformed protein [molded horn] sticks and skin leaf painted with gouache

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Single skin leaf. Scenes of balloons and balloonists. Obverse: 3 vignettes, crowds, townscapes, balloons (Rozier’s balloon of first ascent, November 21, 1783, center); decorative panels with portraits (Guyton de Morveau, Joseph Montgolfier, Marquis d’Arlandes) beween and to sides, decorative borders. Reverse: 3 simple vignettes, panels with balloons in medallions between and to sides. Gilt paper binding. Horn sticks with ballooning scene center blades, portraits (Jean Pierre Blanchard, Jean François Pilâtre de Rozier) (obverse) and ballooning (reverse) medallions on guards. Diamond paste studs in rivet, brass ring.


Elizabeth Day McCormick (b. 1873 - d. 1957), Chicago; 1943, gift of Elizabeth Day McCormick to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 10, 1943)

Credit Line

The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection