A little souvenir to bring home from your Grand Tour of Europe. 18th century fans decorated with Mount Vesuvius and Stromboli erupting. Just how that would impact your romantic life with a new beau I have no idea. One with scenes of an unidentified fire that fits right in.

Ivory fan painted with an eruption of Mount Vesuvius and other images of the Bay of Naples. 1767.
Ivory fan painted with an eruption of Mount Vesuvius and other images of the Bay of Naples. 1767. Image © 2020 Fieldings Auctioneers Ltd. Fair use license. via https://fieldingsauctioneers.co.uk/lot/162686
Ivory fan with the skin leaf painted with a night eruption of Mount Vesuvius in the Bay of Naples. ca. 1794.
Ivory fan with the skin leaf painted with a night eruption of Mount Vesuvius in the Bay of Naples. ca. 1794. Image © Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.pinterest.com/pin/237494580332985907/?lp=true
Grand Tour fan leaf painted with three eruptions of Vesuvius and Stromboli.
Grand Tour fan leaf painted with three eruptions of Vesuvius and Stromboli. Written in Italian and dated: “Monte Vesuvio come si vede gi giorno , Prospetto del monte di Strongoli, Eruzione del Vesuvio di notte lanno 1793.” 1793. Image © Fan d’éventails. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/fan-leafs/2702-eruptions-of-vesuvius-and-stromboli-grand-tour-fan-leaf-1793.html
Ivory and paper hand fan painted with scenes of an unidentified fire
Ivory and paper hand fan painted with scenes of an unidentified fire. 1780-1790. Italian. Image © 2020 Smithsonian American Art Museum. Fair use license. via https://americanart.si.edu/artwork/fan-30062

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