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Folding fan: M.25-1985

Object information

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Maker: Unknown




Folding fan, double skin leaf, drawn in black ink. Sticks of lacquered ivory, shaped and pierced; guards of lacquered ivory shaped and pierced (17+2). Rivet of brass, washer of stamped, hexagonal-shaped brass. Front: A fishing scene with five men on a rock in the centre and the sea in the background. On the left, there is a boat with a standing fisherman holding a net on a pole, and on the right, there is a boat with two men sitting and one standing and harpooning. Low vegetation on the left and a bush and a tree on the right. The top border is of gold foil. Back: One half of a bridge and a gateway at the end of it. Sticks: the sticks are shaped to resemble a wavy floral ribbon with a narrower ribbon forming zigzags around them. On the bottom there is a row of holes, which form windows when the fan s closed. Guards: Both guards are decorated in the same way. The shoulder is decorated en suite with the sticks, with flowers, leaves and a trellis on the guard proper.


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: 46.0 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Mid-Late
Circa 1760 - Circa 1790

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Leaf composed of ink ( black) skin
Sticks+guards composed of ivory
Rivet+washer composed of brass (alloy)
Guards Length 26.9 cm

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.25-1985
Primary reference Number: 117611
Old catalogue number: DR 23/289
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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