Allegory of Night
Allegory of Night
Allegory of Night
Allegory of Night

Image credit: Rhian Cox / The Fan Museum

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Folding fan, the tortoiseshell sticks richly carved and forming sunrays in the gorge (the term used to describe the part of the sticks directly below the leaf). At the pivot end, the sticks are secured by an elaborate silver and diamond star-shaped rivet. The leaf is painted on the recto with an allegory of Night represented by a female figure swathed in drapery and accompanied by putti. The clouded night sky is painted with a scattering of stars, some of which are studded with real diamonds.

A similarly painted fan by the same artist is held within the collection of the State Hermitage, St Petersburg, Russia.

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Allegory of Night




tortoiseshell, silver, diamonds & gouache on skin


H 35 x W (?) cm

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Acquisition method

purchased privately by the owner, Mrs H. E. Alexander

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Signature/marks description

Signed by the artist, Gustave-François Lasellaz


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