Fans · 18th Century Fans · Dutch and Italian Fan with Religious Scene - Jesus Christ the Healer


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Origin: Italy (Sticks) and Holland (Leaf)

Date: ca. 1720/30 (sticks); 1780/85 (leaf)

This fan is a marriage of fine early 18th century Italian carved ivory and mother-of-pearl clouté sticks and a late-18th century Dutch handpainted vellum leaf mounted à l'anglaise. The upper guardsticks show a phoenix in flight, a butterfly and various inlaid mother-of-pearl floral shapes. The inner sticks are carved and painted with 2 squirrels and a central farmhouse with farm animals. The sticks are carved with serpentine shapes and reveal geometric patterns when open. The front of the leaf is handpainted with a religious scence flanked by groups of fruits (very typically Dutch) and surrounded by flowers and foliage. The central scene shows Jesus Christ as the Healer. The scene is reminiscent of "Christ healing the Paralytic at the Pool of Bethesda" (John 5:1-18) perhaps loosely based on the painting (1667-70) by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo or the healing of Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46-52). The reverse shows simple flowers.

Length: 11.5" (29 cm) Width: 20.25" (51.5 cm)

Condition: Very good, with one professional period (18th century) repair on one inner stick. The left and right guardstick were rejoined properly in the 18th or 19th century (see photos). Very minor losses of mother-of-pearl clouté and a tiny hairline fracture on the shoulder of two inner sticks (barely noticeable - one has to look for them). The leaf is in very good condition with a few small 18th century repairs of small holes in the leaf on the back (again barely noticeable) and very minor soiling along the top edge and back (age appropriate wear) - overall very good indeed.

Price: SOLD

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