Fan, about 1820, Italy. Double skin leaf. Obverse: three vignettes, Mount Vesevius erupting center, musicians playing to virgin left, family by shore right; green background with scrollwork surrounds. Reverse: three vignettes, Bay of Naples center, family cooking and eating pasta left, musicians and dancers right; orange background with green scrolling vines surrounds - in the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.
damn tulle (front): A small scarf tulle the year 1865 This is done by damn white silk tulle, drawing in black and white lace of various widths. The knots and loops of ribbon adorned with white pearls complement the filling .
This object formed the handle of a feather fan. Feather fans were introduced into Tudor England through the great Italian city states of Venice, Milan and Genoa. Originally fans had arrived in Italy from the East. By the 16th century the Western secular use of fans was largely confined to women. Costly and elaborate, these fans were dress accessories confirming status and rank.