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Fête Galante: M.28-1985

Object information

Titles

Fête Galante

Maker(s)

Unknown (Maker)

Description

Folding fan, double leaf paper, painted in bodycolour and watercolour and gilded. Sticks and guards of ivory inlaid with engraved mother-of-pearl, marbled and coloured lacquer and silver piqué. A Fête Galante scene.

Double leaf paper, painted in bodycolour and watercolour and gilded. Sticks of ivory inlaid with engraved mother-of-pearl, marbled and coloured lacquer and silver piqué. Guards of ivory and applied tortoiseshell inlaid with mother-of-pearl, coloured and marbled lacquer and silver piqué, thumb guard of mother-of-pearl (16+2). Rivet of mother-of-pearl. Front: Fête galante, with twelve people on a pavement with water in the foreground. On the left, two boys with baskets of grapes and fruit are serving a table; two women are sitting in the foreground, one with her arm on a cushion, the other courted by a kneeling young man. In the centre there is a sitting man and men playing a cello and a hurdy-gurdy. On the right, a drunken young man is courting a woman with a bottle in his right hand; between them in the background, a couple is sitting on the edge of the pedestal. In the background a naked statue standing on one leg with a drape over his hand, a fountain and a tree can all be distinguished. In the right corner, there is an urn on a pedestal with a satyr mask spouting water; in front of the sitting woman on the left there is an open chest with ribbons and to her left a statue of a bird is spouting water from its beak. The top is bordered with swags in different colours and decorated with gold. The top edging is of gold foil; the lower edging is painted in gold. Back: On a white background and a green floor with three trees, the right scene from the front leaf with the drunken man courting a woman is copied. The top border is decorated with similar swags. Sticks: in the centre a cartouche showing a couple, a winged child with a tail and a lion flanked by two sitting eagles is worked. On the right, the stick between the lion and the eagle is missing. The first four sticks on either side form cartouches, a bowl surrounded by flowers and two birds, but on the left side the second stick is missing; on top of each stick there is a shell. The reverse of the sticks is decorated in the same way. Guards: both guards are decorated in the same way: Panels of mother of pearl with lacquer insertions and a little of mother-of-pearl near the top

Notes

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

Dating

Second quarter of 18th century
Circa 1720 - 1730

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Leaf composed of paper watercolour bodycolour Sticks+guards+rivet composed of mother-of-pearl Sticks+guards composed of silver ivory Guards Length 29.1 cm

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.28-1985
Primary reference Number: 117614
Old catalogue number: DR 22/275
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Thursday 22 July 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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The Fitzwilliam Museum (2022) "Fête Galante" Web page available at: https://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/117614 Accessed: 2022-05-28 08:28:15

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