'Acte de bienfaisance de Marie-Antoinette'. An ivory and mother of pearl fan, French, circa 1773
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- 'Acte de bienfaisance de Marie-Antoinette'. An ivory and mother of pearl fan, French, circa 1773
- ivory, mother of pearl, paper
the leaf painted with Marie-Antoinette comforting a woman peasant whose husband was injured during a hunt, after a drawing by Jean-Michel Moreau, dit Moreau le Jeune, the reverse with a huntsman and his lady among hounds by a river, the gilt, silvered and foiled sticks and guards pierced and carved with trophies among spangles and garlands, paste pivot, in paper case
In October 1773, a peasant was injured by a stag during a Royal hunt. As the Dauphine, Marie-Antoinette, saw the peasant's wife fainting, she stepped out of her carriage, gave her salts, comforted her and gave her some money. The compassion of Marie Antoinette moved the population and the incident became a popular subject, featuring on snuff-boxes and marquetry of shell. The drawing by Jean-Michel Moreau was engraved immediately after and published in 'La Gazette de France' (28 February 1774), 'L'Avant-Coureur' (March 1774), 'Le Journal des Sciences et des Beaux arts) 'March 1774) and 'Mercure de France' (March 1774). See an example in the British Museum (1917,1208.3940).