Fan

Artist/maker unknown, European. Owned by Rebecca Wistar Morris, American, 1735/36 - 1791.

Geography:
Made in Europe

Date:
c. 1750

Medium:
Goauche and gold paper; ivory sticks with dyed straw appliqué; pierced mother-of-pearl guards; paste diamond rivet

Dimensions:
11 1/2 x 21 inches (29.2 x 53.3 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1998-162-25

Credit Line:
Gift of the heirs of Paul D. I. and Anna Shinn Maier, 1998

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Label:
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.