Parasol

1800-1829 (made)
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Place Of Origin

Small parasol with a fully beaded cover depicting a twin-tailed mermaid or siren. The cover is edged with a silk fringe and lined with white silk covering the internal structure. The pole and handle are wood, with a metal ferrule and ring shaped nose cap, which might allow it to be worn on the finger or attached to a waistbelt.


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Brief Description
Parasol with beaded cover, silk fringe, wood and steel frame; Italian, 1800-1829
Physical Description
Small parasol with a fully beaded cover depicting a twin-tailed mermaid or siren. The cover is edged with a silk fringe and lined with white silk covering the internal structure. The pole and handle are wood, with a metal ferrule and ring shaped nose cap, which might allow it to be worn on the finger or attached to a waistbelt.
Dimensions
  • Length: 510mm
  • Across widest part while closed width: 100mm
  • Max. circumference when open circumference: 1020mm (Note: Measured width of one panel and multiplied by number of panels to find value)
Credit line
Given by Miss Gertrude Jekyll
Object history
Description from the acquisition register



Parasol, the cover composed of beads of opaque, transparent and translucent coloured glass, and gilt metal threaded upon white cotton; there is a cream-coloured fringe. The slender stick is of wood stained brown, with small circular loop and finial at either end of turned bone.



Hexagonal in shape. Each section has a winged demi-figure terminating in leafy scrolls. Slight wavy stem borders above and below.



Stick broken and repaired in Art Work Room
Associated Object
T.140-1916 (Ensemble)
Collection
Accession Number
T.141-1916

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record createdJune 24, 2009
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