Fans · 18th Century Fans · Allegory of the Discovery of America


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Origin: England

Date: ca. 1792 (1795)

The allegorical subject of this rare printed fan was not present in the Schreiber Collection. The fan is made of plain wooden sticks that are outlined with a pigeon blue line and a double paper leaf. The front of the leaf is printed with an engraving of an allegorical scene which I presume that it was designed to celebrate the 300th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' discovery of America. It may be loosely based on Jan Van der Straet's treatment of the same subject at around 1600. On the globe in the centre, America is just about visible. The globe is flanked by two figures: a young lady (she could represent Lady Liberty, a Virgin, the Goddesses Flora or Abundantia etc) with the horn of plenty and Father Time on the right, obviously representing the Old and the New Worlds. On the far right side, a young man is bidding farewell to his lady love, as he is about to board the ship in the background and set sail for the New World. On the far left side a young man courts a young lady in a field during harvest time (note the different architectural features representing the Old and the New Worlds). The reverse is plain, but signed "Nora 9(?)5" in pencil on the far left side.

Length: 9.5" (24 cm)  Width: 17.5" (44 cm)

Condition: The fan is in reasonably good condition for its age, but it has weakened and partially split and repaired folds (all predominantly visible on the back and several brown stains (see photos). A few sequins are also missing. The sticks are in fine condition.

Price: SOLD

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