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"The Triumph of Bacchus" AFTER Pietro da Cortona (1596-1669)

Origin: Italy

Date: ca. 1710-1730

This early fan is made of very fine and thin, carved and pierced mother-of-pearl sticks and a single handpainted very fine skin leaf (front) and a later silk backing leaf (Victorian restoration). The sticks show courting couples, flowers, turtle doves, sea shells and dolphins (the typical array of Italian motives). The front of the leaf is handpainted with a mythological scene after Pietro da Cortona's famous painting The Triumph of Bacchus (1626-29). The scene on the fan is abbreviated and inverted. It lacks the elephants in the background and several figures in the foreground, but is otherwise a quite faithful copy of the painting that is now housed in the Pinacoteca Capitolina in Rome.

Length: 10.5" (26.5 cm) Width: 17.5" (45 cm)

Condition: many Victorian and later restorations, to the leaf and sticks. I suspect that the first inner stick on the left and right were removed and the leaf shortened accordingly on either side at the same time as the silk backing was applied (in the Victorian Era). Leaf folds weakened, small tears in folds along the bottom edge and creases in the skin leaf as a result of backing it onto the silk leaf (please refer to the many photos). The condition is reflected in the price. This fan is best suited for permanent framing and display.

Price: SOLD

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