Artist/maker unknown, European. Owned by Rebecca Wistar Morris, American, 1735/36 - 1791.
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Eighteenth-century deportment prescribed how fans were held while curtseying, standing, sitting, and walking. This fan features a mythological scene of Venus and her son Aeneas on the leaf, inlaid straw chinoiserie figures and buildings on the sticks, and serpentine swirls around a tiny figure on the pierced guards.