Painted leaf fan with 17 ivory sticks, openwork and handpainted with roses and leaves. The main side is in goat vellum richily adorned with floral and vegetal ornaments, and decorated with the center scene representing a pastoral scene with a well dressed woman in a pink gown and a man with a carriage. On the right there is a miniature portrait of this young lady, and on the left the portrait of young gentleman.
Pastoral scenes were popular subjects for fan leaves in the 18th century. They depicted highly romanticised views of landscapes and rural pursuits. Antoine WATTEAU was a well-known French painter of pastoral scenes. His works served as models and inspiration for many fan painters throughout the century. This fan clearly shows WATTEAU's influence. A couple of prosperous young man and woman have escaped to an isolated cottage on a rustic background landscape. The pastel colours and delicate forms reflect the influence of the Rococo style.
Length : 44.5 cm
Height : 24.5 cm