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Folding fan with pierced ivory sticks (18) and silver gilt guard with stylized flowers, paper leaf with hand-colored engraving of three seated female figures in contemporary dress and painted and sequined floral swags, small orange flower and stem pattern printed on reverse.


Used by a member of the Robbins family; inherited by Ellen A. Stone; gift to MFA, 1899

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Ellen A. Stone

American (made in England or Continental Europe), last quarter of the 18th century

Place of Manufacture

probably England or Continental Europe

Place of Use

Lexington, Massachusetts, United States


Overall (open): 27.9 x 46.7 cm (11 x 18 3/8 in.) Other (closed): 7.6 cm (3 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Paper, ivory, silver gilding, brass


Textiles and Fashion Arts