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Probably made in France in the late 18th century, this folding fan is made of paper, rosewood, and ivory. The decorations include representations of French documents and money, a medallion of King Louis, and printed cornucopia and urns.

Women of that time used fans not only to create a small breeze to cool themselves, but also to communicate all manner of messages subtly by motion rather than speech.


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French Document Fan

creator   Unidentified
date   1795-1796
width   17.75"
height   9.5"
process/materials   paper, rosewood, ivory
item type   Personal Items/Clothing - Accessory
accession #   #2000.01.668

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