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Fan

Object Number: 
1955.161
Date: 
ca. 1723
Medium: 
Ivory, paper, paint, mother of pearl, gold, silver
Dimensions: 
closed: 11 x 1 x 1/2 in. ( 27.9 x 2.5 x 1.3 cm ) open: 11 x 16 1/2 x 1 1/8 in. ( 27.9 x 41.9 x 2.9 cm )
Marks: 
handwritten: on inner surface of one guard: "Wedding Fan of Mrs. Abigail Bromfield. Born 1700, Died 1777. Mar'd 1723"
Description: 
Fan with ivory guards with figurative ornament made of mother of pearl applied to tip and applied silver decoration, plain ivory sticks, and paper leaf with white obverse with four figures seated in a garden setting painted at center and small, highly detailed applied gold decorative motifs bordering edges.
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, this is the wedding fan of Abigail Cooney (1700-1777), daughter of Boston silversmith John Cooney. Abigial Cooney married Edward Bromfield in 1723.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Miss Katherine R. Rogers
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group