Fans · 18th Century Fans · Dutch Marriage Fan II


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Origin: Holland

Date: ca. 1780/85 (leaf), the sticks could be earlier in date, perhaps around 1750

This fan is made of beautifully carved and pierced ivory sticks and a single handpainted vellum leaf mounted à l'anglaise. The sticks show courting couples, buildings, vases and scroll work. The front of the leaf is handpainted with a central typical Dutch landscape scene with a couple of peasants. Symbols of love, marriage and fertility (e.g. the bee hive) are painted on the left and right sides, together with birds and various flowers. The reverse is handpainted  in the centre with shrubs. I found Dutch handwriting in pencil on the last 2 sticks on the left on the back of the fan, but I do not know what it says. It is written in an old-fashioned hand.

Length: 11" (28 cm) Width: 20.5" (52 cm)

Condition: Excellent, with an imperceptible repair on one inner stick (see photos).

Price: SOLD

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