Fans · 18th Century Fans · Marriage Fan Showing Abigail and David


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Origin: Holland

Date: ca. 1750

This very large fan is made of beautifully carved and pierced ivory sticks and a single handpainted vellum leaf mounted à l'anglaise. The sticks show 2 gentlemen (the upper guardsticks bear the corresponding ladies), flowers baskets, trees and foliage. The front of the leaf is handpainted with a biblical scene which I presume to depict Abigail and David (rather than Rebekah at the well which I originally thought). The reserves show two putti or infants and flowers. The reverse is handpainted with a simple landscape.

This fan comes in its original tube-shaped lidded cardboard box. The outside bears a name in ink, but I cannot make out what it reads - the ink is very faded - KILLIANIS .... perhaps? The upper part of the box (hidden under the lid) bears the word "Mama" and several numbers of unknown purpose (all in black ink again).

Length: 11.5" (29.5 cm) Width: 21.5" (55 cm)

Condition: Excellent for its age, with ver minor on the raised/outer folds and a brown smudge on the back (top edge) leaf (see photos). The outside of the box is worn, but otherwise great for its very advanced age.

Price: SOLD

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