A delectable late 18th century, Georgian era folding paper fan with wooden monture and printed leaves depicting a hand colored engraving on laid paper of a charming French picnicking scene. This ancient and thoroughly gorgeous 1795 to 1800 survivor shows a young female and her female chaperone with lively pet dog. They have enjoyed an outdoor picnic and the handsome male suitor is being a darling and shaking the crumbs from the picnic rug or possibly about to hand his intended her shawl. We adore the detail, just study their attire. We see diaphanous muslin dresses with the high, Empire waistlines. We love the blue Spencer jacket and feather and ribbon trimmed bonnets. The chap wears a bright red tail coat (perhaps military) with white cotton shirt and neck cloth and white pantaloon breeches. He wears his hair in the fashionable brushed forward hairstyle called 'The Bedford Crop' after the Duke of Bedford who abandoned powdered wigs in favor of natural hair after hair powder was taxed in 1795 due to a shortage of flour! See to the reverse and a plethora of pencil inscriptions which appear to be male dance partners. See a very similar example part of the Helene Alexander Collection at The Fan Museum London.
Size: 8.25" high, approx 14.5" when fully opened. Photographed in one image held to the light to show the laid paper.
Condition: This is a delicate paper fan of 222 years of age, we would not recommend keep opening and closing it. We always recommend taking photographs of your purchase so that you can refer to your photos rather than handling your precious antique too many times. The wooden sticks and ends are in super, undamaged condition. The laid paper is absolutely ancient and so does show signs of age and wear. There is a very old, small reinforced paper repair seen to the reverse. When held to the light one can see light through the very old leaf creases. To the left half of the sky area are old dots of animal glue where we believe once there sat tiny spangles. Please zoom and study our many images and feel free to request more.
This is not a pristine example but my goodness what a survivor. If you adore Georgian fans or costume from this period this will be a SUPERB addition to your collection.
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