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Leaf: skin recto, paper verso. Twelve elaborately carved, silvered and gilded sticks with figures playing musical instruments. Paper leaf painted showing a banquet scene ("Alliance Between Bacchus and Venus"), with nymphs, cherubs, etc. On reverse, landscape with woman holding vase. Guard...

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Gift of Mrs. Frank T. Dwinell to the MFA, September 14, 1916

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Bequest of Mrs. Frank T. Dwinell

French, 1765–80

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Guard: 28 cm (11 in.); maximum open: 48 cm (18 7/8 in.); arc: 150°

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Skin/paper leaf painted in gouache; pierced, carved, and silver-gilt encrusted ivory sticks and guards; foil, paste


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