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Offering to Hymen
Offering to Hymen
Date:
ca. 1780
Location:
Not on display
Century:
Media:
Gouache On Silk, Gold Thread, Sequins, Ivory, And Feathers
Dimensions:
27.3 cm (10 3/4 in.)
Object Type:
Country:
Continent:
Europe
Provenance:

Given by Whitney Warren 10 years after his sister's death

Accession Number:
1978.10.2
Acquisition Date:
1979-01-04
Credit Line:

Gift of Mrs. Reginald Rives

Exhibition History:

Fans in Fashion, Legion of Honor, 5/23/81 - 8/30/81

Painted scene of two lovers sacrifcing their rose crowns on the altar of the god Hymen who presides over all marriages. Gold thread applied in chain stitch and multicolored sequins cover the leaf with garlands and floral sprays. A circle with two flaming hearts surmounts each lateral cartouche. On the reverse has simple floral and scroll decoration. The ivory sticks are carved and encrusted with silver and gold leaf. The central six sticks form a design of a man, woman, and boy surrounded by colored foil dots. Black and blue jay feathers, once heavily applied, survive in some areas. Carved ivory guards. Source: Bennett, Anna G. "Fans in Fashion." Rutland, Vermont: Charles E. Tuttle Co., 1981, pages 50 and 117.