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Single skin leaf. Obverse: "The Alchemist." Man with books, bags of gold coins, furnace center flanked by man with bellows at furnace left, two figures at an elaborate machine right, and representation of figure who may be King Midas with torch, sun with face upper right; stamped gilt floral...

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Provenance

Gift of Esther Oldham to MFA, June 9, 1976.

Credit Line

Oldham Collection

1780s

Object Place

France

Dimensions

Guard:28.5 cm (11 1/4 in.); maximum open: 52 cm (20 1/2 in.); arc: 140°

Accession Number

1976.185

Medium or Technique

Skin leaf printed and painted in watercolor; pierced and painted ivory sticks and guard; mother-of-pearl

Collections

Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes