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"At the Altar of Hymen"

Origin: France

Date: ca. 1775/1780

This beautiful fan is in rare very good condition owing to professional conservation that stablised all the folds and thus ensures that the silk does not deteriorate (I have seldom seen a silk fan of this age in such good condition). Please note that the colours are even brighter and fresher looking than I was able to show in the photos.

The fan is made of carved ivory sticks and a single handpainted silk leaf. The sticks are silvered and gilded and show flowers, a flower basket, a bee and a turtle dove. The upper guardsticks show a flower basket, a turtle dove and foliage. The front of the leaf is handpainted with typical romantic scene of a courting couple at the altar of Hymen (the God of Marriage). A flower girl or maid stands on the right and seems to express her joy at the union. The reserves show handpainted flower. The leaf has a bright pink floral border and thin strips of silver attached to it, as well as small sequins.

Length: 10.75" (27 cm) Width: 20" (50.5 cm)

Condition: Very good, with professional stabilising repairs on the back and some tarnishing and losses  of the applied silver and gold foil on the sticks (see photos).

Price: SOLD

(including packaging & shipping via Registered, Insured & Tracked Airmail)


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