Fans · 19th Century Fans · French MAY QUEEN Mother of Pearl Fan


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Origin: France

Date: ca. 1850/1855

This large fan is made of carved and pierced mother-of pearl sticks and a double paper leaf. The sticks have two-toned gilded foil attached. The front leaf shows a beautifully handcoloured engraving of a country fête scene probably showing the crowning of a young lady as the MAY QUEEN. The surrounding figures are Watteauesque inspired. The reverse shows a handcoloured engraving of a country landscape with a large castle in the background.

This fan comes in its original cardboard box labelled ÉVENTAIL (French for fan).

Length: 10.5" (27 cm) Width: 20" (51 cm)

Condition: Very good, with excellent antique repairs on the left upper guardstick (almost invisible) and one inner stick (see photos). There is also a small repaired tear in the leaf (see photos), otherwise the leaf is in crips, excellent condition. The colours are still very vibrant. The rivet is inset with green cut glass stones; the one on the back is missing, but can be easily replaced.

Price: SOLD

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


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