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Fan

  • Place of origin:

    Netherlands (made)

  • Date:

    1670-1720 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour on paper, ivory with silver piqué work, mother of pearl

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Emily Beauclerk

  • Museum number:

    T.177-1920

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This fan is decorated with a classical scene, and may depict the meeting of Anthony and Cleopatra, though given the storm clouds and setting it could equally represent the meeting of another doomed couple from classical literature: Dido and Aeneas. The scene is painted using the rich colours and composition associated with the Baroque style. Classical references are made in the representation of costume, for example the strapped sandals of the women and the armour worn by the male figures. The figures are lively and expressive, and the composition of the scene is engaging, and full of incident and interest. The fan maker has decorated the lower halves of the sticks with silver piqué work, setting patterns of tiny silver nails or dots into the ivory. Mother of pearl has also been used in the decoration. The reverse of the fan leaf is painted with flowers.

Physical description

Fan decorated with a classical scene in the Baroque style, possibly the meeting of Anthony and Cleopatra or Dido and Aeneas. The sticks are decorated with silver piqué work on ivory, and mother of pearl. The reverse of the fan leaf is painted with flowers.

Place of Origin

Netherlands (made)

Date

1670-1720 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour on paper, ivory with silver piqué work, mother of pearl

Dimensions

Width: 45 cm Open, Height: 27 cm Open

Descriptive line

classical scene painted in watercolour on paper, sticks of ivory with silver piqué work and mother of pearl, Netherlands, 1670-1720

Materials

Water-colour; Paper (fiber product); Ivory; Silver; Mother of pearl

Techniques

Painting (image-making); Piqué work

Categories

Fans; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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