Costume and Textiles
FanMade in Europe
Artist/maker unknown, European. Owned by Rebecca Wistar Morris, American, 1735/36 - 1791.
Goauche and gold paper; ivory sticks with dyed straw appliqué; pierced mother-of-pearl guards; paste diamond rivet
Currently not on view
1998-162-25Gift of the heirs of Paul D. I. and Anna Shinn Maier, 1998
LabelEighteenth-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.