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Rare Signed 19th c. French Fan, Mother of Pearl Sticks & Border
This is a remarkable antique fan, truly of museum quality. It would be a beautiful wedding fan. It has wonderful mother of pearl sticks. However, what is most unexpected is the mother of pearl border across the top. Each stick has on its end a pierced and decorated piece of mother of pearl just over an inch wide. These pieces move independently as the fan is opened or closed. Amazingly enough, all the pieces are in perfect condition. The mother of pearl scalloped sticks are inlaid with silver as is the scalloped border. The hand painted central scene is a pastoral scene featuring a musician and dog. Tiny gold sequins outline the two cartouches of the mount.The guards are shaped; there is a mother of pearl rivet and a gold loop. The mount is vellum and the fan dates from the late eighteenth century or the early nineteenth century. The artist's signature appears on the right side and appears to be Sipra. The fan is 14 inches across and 8 inches high. It is indeed an exquisite fan.
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