Hand-fans painted with Mount Vesuvius mostly in eruption, a little souvenir something to take home to your girl when you made a Grand Tour in Europe at mid century, the 19th century, that is.

Hand-fan painted with a depiction of an erupting Mount Vesuvius and the harbor at Naples. ca. 1790. Italian. Silk or possibly chicken skin folded leaf with gilded black lacquer wood sticks. Maker not known. Image © The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota. Fair use license. via https://emuseum.ringling.org/emuseum/objects/13782/fan?ctx=29b65bbe-17ca-47d8-b762-6c693263b1c5&idx=98
Fan depicting the the eruption of Mount Vesuvius over Pompeii in AD 79. ca. 1825. French. Hand-painted parchment, ivory, gilt brass and rhinestones. Maker not known. Part of the exhibit “A Graceful Gift: Fans from the Mona Lee Nesseth Collection” held at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Museum and Galleries, Los Angeles. Image © Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Museum and Galleries. Fair use license. via https://blog.fidmmuseum.org/museum/2016/06/women-are-armed-with-fans.html
Hand fan with a depiction of Mount Vesuvius and the harbor at Naples. Chicken skin leaf with twelve tortoiseshell sticks and guards inlaid with red gold foliage on the sticks and foliage and urns on the guards. Reverse painted in the style of Greek vases with Bacchus on a leopard in the center surrounded by bacchantes and maenads in terracotta orange against black. Terracotta orange, black and cream border, inscribed “Figure estratte da un Vaso Etrusco”, ca. 1790-1800. Italian. Francesco Petilli, maker. Image © Glasgow Museums. Fair use license. via http://collections.glasgowmuseums.com/mwebcgi/mweb?request=record;id=196043;type=101

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