Fan Design with Republican Assignats (French Revolutionary Money)

Anonymous, French, 18th century French

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Printed in the mid-1790s, the illusionist collage of crisp French Republican monetary notes, or assignats, adorning this fan design would have signaled the user's anti-royalist sympathies. Significantly, the one note with a bent corner, and dated 1791, contains a portrait medallion of the dethroned and imprisoned Louis XVI. The whole design is surrounded by stylishly up-to-date neoclassical ornament, including a panel of Greek key design, another of coins and two terms bearing the head of Mercury, the guardian of finance.

Fan Design with Republican Assignats (French Revolutionary Money), Anonymous, French, 18th century, Etching, a small portion printed in color

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