Of Napoleonic Interest
A Chinese Export carved ivory cockade fan
the complete circle of sticks opening to reveal a finely carved intricate design of an oval cartouche with script initials "JB", probably the Imperial Monogram of Empress Josephine Bonaparte of France and six further shaped cartouches with various pavilions, figures standing in the shade of trees, boats and birds in flight all on a radiating mesh ground with scrolling foliage and a border of stiff leaves with animals at play, the scissor-end guard handles carved with floral sprays and foliage, displayed in a museum quality ebonised case, the fan 39cm radius, 60cm long, the case 72cm long.
Australian Colonial Furniture and Australiana
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