Ivory fan from the Van Braam Houckgeest collection, anonymous, c. 1795 Canvas Print

Ivory fan from the Van Braam Houckgeest collection, anonymous, c. 1795 Canvas Print

The impeller (now) consists of two outer legs and 22 inner legs; at least two legs are missing. The inner legs are openwork, the lower part with a 'cash motif', in which a shield has been cut out in the center with the initials 'CGVR' against a background of hair-thin vertical lines, for Catharina Cornelia Geertruida van Reede (van Oudtshoorn), the first wife of AE van Braam Houckgeest (1739-1801). Above, against the same background of thin lines, three painted medallions that appear to be suspended from ribbons, floral scrolls, and meandering bandwork. On the middle shield-shaped medallion a man and a woman by the water's edge; on the other two oval medallions always a putto, once at the rising or setting sun on the water's edge and once in a boat on the turbulent sea under a sky with lightning bolts. Flower sprays on the back. In the buds above the ribbon stylized openwork chrysanthemums. The outer legs are carved in high relief with flower sprays, trees, pagodas and rocks.

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