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Coronation of Maria de'Medici: M.20-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Coronation of Maria de'Medici


Maker: Unknown




Single kid leaf painted in bodycolour and gold with the Coronation of Maria de'Medici after Rubens; ivory sticks and guards inlaid with mother-of-pearl and silver piqué point.

Single leaf of kid, painted in polychrome bodycolour with remnants of gilding on the lower edge. Sticks of ivory, pierced, carved, inlaid with etched/engraved mother-of-pearl plaques edged by silver piqué point. Guards inlaid with etched mother-of-pearl and silver piqué point, the head strengthened with mother-of-pearls. Rivet set with a pink paste. Front: painted overall with the Coronation of Maria de'Medici after Rubens. Reverse: undecorated. Sticks: pierced with a diaper pattern and carved with a, lady and gentleman seated on either side of the central motif: an oval mother-of-pearl plaque etched with a gentleman offering a heart to a seated lady. Arranged symmetrically above and on either side there are five stars, a crescent, fur diamonds, two ovals, two circular and two heart shapes, four bees and two baskets of fruit of etched mother-of-pearl, all outlined in silver piqué point. Guards: inlaid with flowers, foliage and a bird etched mother-0of-pearl framed by silver piqué point and having at the top a crown in silver piqué point.


History note: Colonel Leonard C. Messel (1872-1953); his daughter Anne, Countess of Rosse (1902-1992)

Legal notes

Purchased with a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and a gift from the Friends of the Fitzwilliam

Measurements and weight

Width: 52 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1985-01-28) by Countess of Rosse, Anne


18th Century, Early#
Circa 1700 - Circa 1720


Maria de'Medici (1573-1642) daugher of Francesco I, grand-duke of Tuscany was married to Henri IV of France in 1600. She was crowned in the Basilica of Saint Denis on 13 May 1610, the day before her husband's assassination. Sir Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) painted the series of twenty-four paintings known as the Medici Cycle between 1622-25 for the palais du Luxembourg. it is now in the Louvre. The fan was probably based on an engraving by Jean Audran (1667-1756) published in 1710.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Rivet composed of paste ( pink)
Leaf composed of bodycolour ( polychrome) kid
Sticks+guards composed of mother-of-pearl ivory
Guards Length 29.3 cm

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.20-1985
Primary reference Number: 117606
Old catalogue number: DR 28/370
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 22 November 2021 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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