Folding Fan

Marriage Fan


From: Italy

Curatorial Section: Historic

Object Number 92-1-370
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Italian
Provenience Italy
Period 18th Century
Date Made 1700-1799 CE
Section Historic
Materials Vellum | Mother-of-Pearl
Technique Carved | Painted
Iconography Wedding

Wedding Fan.

Mother of pearl sticks, carved with 3 medallions. In the center a young couple stand before an altar on which is a cupid, while another cupid is seated below. At right and left of this medallion above are 2 small medallions with doves descending and above these 2 cupid. This piece occupies 4 central sticks. At either side, are two sticks containing 3 panels. In the upper one is a floral design; in the center shells and cora, and in the lower love trophies. Next stick at either side occupied by a pandel containing an altar between 2 cupids, each holding a torch and wreath. At right and left above, 2 medallions with portraits of man and woman. Below the altar is a Roman Cross. The last stick at either side has three panels; the center of each contains a pair of doves kissing and each of the others a sea shell. The right guard has on the upper half a carved medallion containg a youth; above this a cupid and below a dove. On the lower half is a medallion contain a pair of flaming hearts with a cupd above and a pair of doves below. The left guard is the same except that the figure in the upper medallion is that of a maiden. The lower half of the design on the guards is repeated on the reverse guards.

A leaf of vellum with watercolor painting of a Grecian wedding ceremony. At right of this panel is a small medallion containing an altar in cameo framed in a wreath of gold. At the left a similar cameo with a pair of doves.

Credit Line Received from various sources, pre-1992
Other Number 85 - Drexel Number | 115 - Other Number | 19442 uncertain - Original Number

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