London, South Kensington
15 February 2000
A rare printed ballooning fan, the leaf a hand-coloured etching of elegant figures and a monk watching Mongolfier's first free balloon ascent at Versailles on 23 September 1783 through telescopes, the reserves with putti with telescopes and two verses of a song, to the tune Jardinier ne vois tu pas the verso with the song Le Globe en Retard which refers to Gonesse, where Mm Charles & Robert's attempt crashed on 27 August, 1783 and to Blanchard the aeronaut's attempt in March 1784 which did not go to plan and to Malbrouk (The Duke of Marlborough) and a partial eclipse, with wooden sticks - 11in. (28cm.), French, late March or April 1784; and a French printed fan - circa 1830 - both in a stencilled box with double compartment inscribed Twee Mooije Waaijers [two beautiful fans]
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No other example of this rare printed ballooning fan is known.
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