A fine 18th century Dutch hand painted fan with a skin leaf and "ox bone" sticks, circa 1770. The single skin leaf painted with a central scene of "country folk" gardening. I put country folk in quotes because these are not real peasants but rather the gentry, playing at being rustic. This was a very popular pastime for the aristocracy of the 18th century. In other words, not gardening because they needed to, like the real peasants, but because they wanted to, for fun. The reserves are painted with landscapes in tones of sepia. The sticks are pierced "ox bone" and the guards are backed with mica. The loop is a later addition. The guardstick is 11 1/2" and the fan is in excellent condition. No damage or repairs and guaranteed to be as described.