Luna moth fan

about 1890
Painted by George Keiswetter (American (born in Germany), worked mid-19th century), For Allen Fan Company (American, 1885–1910)

Object Place: East Braintree, Massachusetts, United States


Guard: 37 cm (14 9/16 in.); maximum open: 66 cm (26 in.); arc: 160°

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Carved and painted wood sticks and silk plain-weave leaf painted in oil with applied metal sequins, thread, and net

Not On View


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Luna Moth fan. Single white silk leaf painted in oil (?) in shades of green forms wings, decorated with brass, plated steel, silver-plated copper sequins green and blue sequins, gilt-silver yarns and net; gilt-silver insert center. Thirteen carved hornbeam (?) sticks painted green, silver and gilt-silver form body. Mother-of-pearl buttons on rivet, brass ring.


1976, Esther Oldham, Wellesley, MA; gift of Miss Oldham to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 9, 1976)

Credit Line

Oldham Collection