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Object Name Fan
Date 1885-1895
Description Folding fan. Maroon silk satin leaf with hand-painted scene of a cherub playing a string instrument (resembling a form of violin, viol, or fiddle). The cherub is seated in the grass next to a tree with birds on the branches, with mountains in the distance. Dyed mother-of-pearl sticks (guardstick has been repaired). Paste jewel at rivet. Metal loop.
(Keywords: Fashion, Accessory, Victorian, New York)
Acquisition Gift of the Henderson-Irving Family
Ownership and History The deep color of this fan is in keeping with the styles that were popular around 1890. The painted cherub (or putto) who plays a string instrument, accompanied by singing birds, seems to represent romantic love. The fan belonged to members of the socially prominent Henderson and Irving families of New Brighton, Staten Island.
Earliest Date 1885
Latest Date 1895
Material Silk/Mother-of-pearl
Subjects Fans
Lexicon Sub-category Personal Gear
Associated People Irving, Maria Adelaide (Henderson)
Catalog Number C02.1508
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Fan Association of North America (FANA), 2011. (
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