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    Hand-Painted Lincoln Mourning Fan. An absolutely stunning, lady's commemorative fan. Spreads open into a 22" half circle formed by eleven gilt, incised, decorative metal rods, each with an oval medallion and embellished with federal eagles. The end medallion has a concealed blade 4" in length which can be slid back out of sight or pressed forward if needed. A large, golden tassel hangs from the apex of the fan. The fan itself is adorned with fabric 3" in width with scenes from the Civil War and the assassination. In sequential order: the first panel depicts the battle between the ironclads Monitor and Merrimac; the second is Booth, Mrs. Surratt, Payne and John Surratt around a table rehearsing their evil plans; the next panel shows Booth shooting the president at Ford's, Rathbone and Clara Harris witnessing the event; the central panel is a scene from the stage performance of Our American Cousin with Laura Keene and two other actors; the next panel depicts Booth's escape on horseback; the next is Booth being shot down while hiding in the barn Garrett's farm; the final tableaux is the burning of Richmond in April 1865. The front has an ornate decorative border that includes small demons. The fan is mounted in a two-sided glass frame such the reverse can be shown as well - a portrait of Lincoln surrounded by angels and cherubs with two idealized memorial columns. The work is titled "To The Martyr Of His Country Abraham Lincoln" with at bottom "President Abraham Lincoln United States." At left is a miniature sheet of music with notes and lyrics in Spanish, the work entitled "Cancion A Abraham Lincoln." Above is the American eagle and the canton "Abanicos Blinados Con Privilegio." At the right can be found "The Patent Plated Fan." A similar fan is found in Boston's Museum of Fine Arts; these were either made in Cuba or Spain for import. As far as Victorian mourning items, this is one of the most lovely display pieces found. There is a long tradition of producing women's fans with American presidents or patriotic themes as subject matter, beginning with a French-made fan celebrating Thomas Jefferson's 1801 Inauguration. In terms of its elaborate construction, beautiful and detailed vignettes, and superb condition, this is surely the finest example of this genre which we have encountered. Simply magnificent. Diameter when open 22".

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    Auction Dates
    November, 2008
    20th Thursday
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