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Origin: Holland and France

Date: ca. 1785

This fan is made of carved, pierced and silvered wafer-thin ivory inner sticks, mother of pearl guard sticks and a single handpainted vellum leaf mounted à l'anglaise. The French sticks have silver and gold leaf applied to them (note that some of the gold on the inner sticks has been restored - most likely in Edwardia times) and show flowers, stripes, vases and garlands. The upper guardsticks are made of carved and pierced ivory and show a seated lady holding a basket of flowers?, and bows. They are backed with the usual red bonbon foil (very, very common in 18th century fans). The lower guardsticks do not quite match the inner sticks. The Dutch leaf is handpainted with a central courting scene: a seated lady and a gentleman in classical costume accompanied by cupid who is restraining two dogs (a symbol for carnal knowledge). The reserves are handpainted with typical still lives of fruit and flowers. The leaf also has gold coloured sequins attached to it. The reverse is handpainted with a classical urn and the upper sticks with small pink faces and foliage.

Length: 10.25" (26.5 cm) Width: 19.5" (49.5 cm)

Condition: Good, but with considerable loss of the gold and silver foil on the sticks and wear and some discolouration to the leaf (see photos). The leaf also has 3 very small holes in 2 folds on the far left side.

Price: SOLD

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