Ivory, silk, paint, metal, mother of pearl, gilding
closed: 10 x 1 x 1 in. ( 25.4 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm )
Fan with ivory guards and sticks, ivory-colored satin leaf with printed floral decoration and painted inscriptions, and metal handle and rivet with mother of pearl button.
Gift of Miss Lena Cadwalader Evans
painted in gold: at top center of leaf obverse: "LC" painted in pink: near center of leaf obverse: "LENA" painted in pale blue: on right side of leaf obverse: "PM" painted in blue and white: at center of leaf obverse: "Lightly lift the breeze, O fan! / Light on Lena let it fall; / Echo back her charm, and scan / Why she doth so soon enthrall, / Nestle on her cheek awhile / Gathering thence her winning art / And apprenticed to her smile, / Claim requital from her heart."
According to the accession records, the verse painted on this fan was written by Peter Marie ("PM") for the donor's mother, Lena Burr Corse ("LC").
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.