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fan 1952.121.jpg

Object Name: fan

Place of Creation: Europe, United Kingdom
Date: 1650-1670

Accession Number: 1952.121
Location on Display: Gallery of Costume - 1F - The Needle's Excellency
Image Copyright: © Manchester City Galleries
Credit: Manchester City Galleries

Physical Description

Medium / Material
  • paper
  • tortoiseshell
  • painting

Paper leaf, thickly painted in gouache. Against a dark brown background is a group of women's figures in classical costume with some 17th century detail holding flowers and musical instruments and one feeding a swan, amogst the trees and statuary. Back of leaf has three bunches of flowers. tortoiseshell sticks with toothes edges, painted in formal flower design and carved tortoiseshell guards with pierced design of foliage and birds. Sticks passing through slits in base of leaf.

Said to have belonged to Lady Elizabeth Corneley, d.1672.


Type: Length
Height: 31.8 cm