Fans · 19th Century Fans · French Scène Galante Christmassy Fan


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Origin: Spain or France (for the Spanish Market)

Date: ca. 1850-60

This large fan is made of heavy 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 handpainted or heavily overpainted engraving (it is so well done that I cannot say if it is painted on an engraved ground) of a Watteauesque Fête champêtre. The figures are taken from several Watteau paintings (see for example the seated lady in the yellow striped sackback gown) and were re-arranged in this scene. The reserves shows handpainted red berry bearing vines (I could not identify the exact type - it appears to have a mix of honeysuckle, vine and nightshade, not holly, the leaves are wrong for that). The reverse is handpainted with the same vines.

The fan has an elaborate carrying ring and pink silk and gold thread tassel.

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

Condition: Very good, with excellent antique repairs on the upper guardsticks  and some loss of gilded foil (mostly on the guardsticks) (see photos). There are minor small age stains on the backing leaf. The colours are still very vibrant.

Price: SOLD

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