Fan, 1800–10 Medium: ivory sticks, paper leaf, parchment backing, silver, spangles, mother-of-pearl Technique: leaf painted, sticks carved and pierced Label: carved and pierced ivory sticks, painted paper leaf with parchment backing. Gift of Anonymous Donor. 1952-161-240.
What is this?
Folding fan with a leaf of painted paper backed with parchment, sticks of carved and pierced ivory, guards decorated with mother-of-pearl, silver, and metallic spangles. The leaf is painted on the front with an allegorical scene depicting a hero returning from war; on the reverse, the leaf is white decorated with foliage sprays in gilt.