Fans · 18th Century Fans · French or Dutch Courting Fan


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Origin: France and/or Holland

Date: ca. 1785

This fan is made of carved, pierced ivory sticks (French in origin) and a single handpainted vellum leaf mounted à l'anglaise (Dutch or French in the Dutch style). The sticks have silver and 3 colours gold leaf applied to them and show flowers, vases and garlands. The upper guardsticks are made of bone and show two flaming hearts, musical instruments and flowers. They are backed with the burgo (waferthin mother of pearl strips) that shines through. The vellum leaf is handpainted with a typical central courting scene (shepherd and shepherdess  in a rural landscape): a seated lady and a gentleman in 18th century costume surrounded by sheep. The reserves are handpainted with typical still lives of fruit and flowers. The reverse is handpainted with a single tree.

Length: 10.75" (27.5 cm) Width: 20.25" (51 cm)

Condition: Good, with minor loss of the gold and silver foil on the sticks and general wear/creases and some discolouration (particularly on the far right side) to the leaf (see photos). The leaf also has 2 tiny moth in three folds (just mentioned for total accuracy). I believe that the wooden upper sticks that hold the leaf may have been professionally replaced at some point in the past.

Price: SOLD

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