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Fan

Fan

Inv. Nr: CE2 / 00524

Dated around 1780, this fan exhibits a magnificent framework of ribs made of mother of pearl and shell. Alternating in pairs, they display fretwork, are engraved and painted in gold and silver with simple floral drawings, typical of the second half of the 18th century. The first and last ribs are made of mother of pearl, with a figure engraved in the upper part. Two metallic tones are used to decorate the remaining ribs.

The material consists of two sheets of paper painted with gouache paints and is decorated with a subtle golden floral trim. The front is decorated with a chivalrous scene of three groups of people, each situated in different areas of a garden. The men and women are dressed in the fashion of the second half of the 18th century. The scene is influenced by the gallant themes of Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s paintings. The reverse depicts an oriental scene, following the chinoiserie style, or Chinese artistic influence, present in decorative art such as ceramics or furnishings from the 18th century. The palette is soft pastel tones, predominantly blues, pinks and greens, according to the tastes of the era.

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