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Folding Fan and Case
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Folding Fan and Case

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Description Beginning in the late 17th century, rigid fans were replaced by folding fans. They were usually made of light materials such as paper or parchment mounted on sticks of ivory, tortoiseshell, or wood. Fan painters often depicted historical, particularly classical scenes, such as this example in which the subject is an audience before a king.
  • Bedazzled: 5,000 Years of Jewelry from the Walters Art Museum. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota; The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2006-2009.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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ca. 1760
watercolor and gilding on paper, mother-of-pearl, velvet case
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10 11/16 x 20 1/16 in. (27.2 x 51 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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