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Folding fan: M.21-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Folding fan, kid single leaf. Painted with a Biblical scene in dark colours. Shaped and carved ivory sticks and guards, the latter strengthened by mother-of-pearl by the rivet. Green stone rivet.


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

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century-18th Century#
1680 - 1720

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Rivet composed of stone ( green)
Leaf composed of kid paint
Guards composed of mother-of-pearl
Sticks, Guards composed of ivory
Guard Length 28.4 cm

Techniques used in production


Identification numbers

Accession number: M.21-1985
Primary reference Number: 117607
Old catalogue number: DR 29/384
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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