Pleated fan

  • Creator: 1814 - 1881, Charles Bour, French
  • Year: mid- 19th century
  • Location: France

Pleated fan. Gilded paper leaf with lithographs. Obverse: purple and copper-colored paper gilded showing three proscenium arches with curtains and pseudo-Renaissance motifs framing hand-colored lithographs of theatrical Spanish scenes. At left, a drinking party in fancy dress; at center, a large masked ball; at right, a queen and three attendants in a loge. Reverse: Three framed hand-colored lithographs of Spanish scenes in mountainous country. At left, two women at a well listening to minstrels; in center, groups of men at leisure with horses and riders; at right, men with a donkey. Gilded mother-of-pearl sticks, brilliantly painted on obverse and reverse with birds, flowers and scrolls. Reverse sticks decorated with small painted lithograph of Ch√Ęteau de Chenonceau. Oval mirror with gold frame set in guards. White paste jewel rivet head; gilt metal bail. Pale green silk tassel with gilt ornaments and beads.

Pleated fan is available in the public domain via Creative Commons No Copyright .

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Collection | Source: Smithsonian Institution

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