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Object Name Fan
Artist Metcalfe, Sarah Cornelia (Cortelyou)
Date ca. 1860-1890
Description Folding fan. Off-white silk satin leaf has hand-painted floral designs. Front has a red and white rose with small purple, yellow, and pink flowers and green leaves; a butterfly and dragonfly are above the flowers. The reverse side of the leaf has a small-scale floral design in pink, red, yellow and green. Sticks are ivory (or possibly imitation ivory) with pierced and incised leaf shapes and geometric designs. Metal loop attached at rivet.
(Keywords: Fashion, Accessory, Victorian)
Acquisition Gift of Mrs. William C. Metcalfe
Ownership and History This fan was hand-painted by Sarah Cornelia (Cortelyou) Metcalfe (ca. 1832-1890), who may have lived on Staten Island as a young woman. She and her husband Robert Metcalfe resided in South Orange, New Jersey, in the 1870s and 1880s. The fan was donated to the Staten Island Historical Society in 1939 by their daughter-in-law, Mrs. William C. Metcalfe. The Historical Society also owns a landscape painting that was painted by Sarah.
Earliest Date 1860
Latest Date 1890
Material Silk/Ivory
Subjects Fans
Lexicon Sub-category Personal Gear
Associated People Metcalfe, Sarah Cornelia (Cortelyou)
Catalog Number C02.0191
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Fan Association of North America (FANA), 2013. (
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