Fans · 18th Century Fans · Dutch Courting Fan


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Origin: France and Holland

Date: ca. 1785

This fan is made of beautiful mother of pearl sticks and a single handpainted vellum leaf mounted à l'anglaise. The French sticks are silvered gilded and show flowers and stripes. The upper guardsticks are made of carved and pierced ivory and show a seated lady, a vase with flowers and two flaming hearts. They also are inlaid with tiny piqué. The lower guardsticks do not quite match the inner sticks. It is very likely that the inner sticks date slightly earlier than the guardsticks and the leaf. The Dutch leaf and mount were assembled in around 1785. The front of the leaf is handpainted with a central courting scene: a seated lady playing a baroque guitar and a gentleman listening from behind a plinth. The reserves are handpainted with typical symbols of love (two turtle doves and the dog), marriage (the Altar of Hymen) and fertility (the beehive). The reverse is handpainted with simple stylised flowers in gold.

Length: 11" (27.5 cm) Width: 20.25" (51.5 cm)

Condition: Very good, with some wear and paint loss on the leaf, a stain on the right side (back) and a repaired upper right guardstick (see photos).

Price: SOLD

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