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Fan - Jeu de Piquet des différentes nations de l'Europe
  • Jeu de Piquet des différentes nations de l'Europe
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Jeu de Piquet des différentes nations de l'Europe

  • Object:

    Fan

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1734 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching on vellum, hand-coloured, with carved bone sticks

  • Museum number:

    T.153-1978

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Many printed fans commemorated the heroes and battles of European wars waged between 1700 and 1740. This fan is called ‘Jeu de Piquet des différentes nations de l’Europe’ ('A New Game of Piquet now in play among the different nations of Europe'). It satirises events surrounding the War of the Polish Succession (1733-1738). Although written in French, the misspellings and inaccuracies in the text indicate that the fan leaf was produced in England. The seven players of the game are the countries involved in the war: Sardinia, France, Spain, the Austrian Empire, Saxony, Russia and Poland. Britain, for once, managed to stay out of the fray. Her sentiments summed up on the fan mean in English: ‘I’m preparing though I don’t play, but if I am nettled I’ll take up the cards’.

Physical description

Fan, called ‘Jeu de Piquet des différentes nations de l’Europe’ ('A New Game of Piquet now in play among the different nations of Europe'). It satirises events surrounding the War of the Polish Succession (1733-1738). Although written in French, the misspellings and inaccuracies in the text indicate that the fan leaf was produced in England. The seven players of the game are the countries involved in the war: Sardinia, France, Spain, the Austrian Empire, Saxony, Russia and Poland. Britain, for once, managed to stay out of the fray. Her sentiments summed up on the fan mean in English: ‘I’m preparing though I don’t play, but if I am nettled I’ll take up the cards’.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

1734 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Etching on vellum, hand-coloured, with carved bone sticks

Descriptive line

Fan, Great Britain, 1734.

Categories

Accessories; Fashion; Fans; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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