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Fan: autographed; Jan. 15, 98, Waldorf Astoria...opera house

Object Number: 
INV.8628
Date: 
ca. 1897
Medium: 
Wood, paper, string, paint
Dimensions: 
closed: 17 3/4 x 2 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. ( 45.1 x 6.4 x 3.8 cm ) open: 31 x 17 3/4 x 1 1/2 in. ( 78.7 x 45.1 x 3.8 cm )
Marks: 
signed in pencil: on obverse: "Viola Pratt Gillett - "Katisha" signed in pencil: on obverse: "Margaret Gaylord "Yum Yum" signed in pencil: on obverse: "Victor Baillard, Pish [?]" signed in pencil: on obverse: "Winfield Blake Pooh Bah" signed in pencil
Description: 
Fan with four-pronged wooden guards, one with interlaced string attached to face; pink paper leaf painted with bright pink foliage and autographed numerous times in pencil on obverse and reverse.
Gallery Label: 
This fan is signed by over forty individuals, most of whom were apparently actors and actresses appearing in performances of "The Mikado" sponsored by the Metropolitan Musical Society in New York during the 1897-1898 season.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group