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Folding fan: M.134-1985

Object information

Maker(s)

Unknown (Maker)

Description

Double leaf of paper (or chicken skin?), both sides painted in bodycolour on a gold background; gold binding on upper edge. Sticks of ivory, pierced, painted and gilt on the front and pique with gold on the back. Chinoiserie design

Double leaf of paper (or chicken skin?), both sides painted in bodycolour on a gold background; gold binding on upper edge. Sticks of ivory, pierced, painted and gilt on the front and pique with gold on the back. Guards of ivory, pierced, painted crimson and decorated with gold pique point. (18+2)
Rivet with two mother-of-pearl washers.
Front: A mounted man shooting with a bow and arrow at a bird, and standing man holding a hawk on his right wrist, accompanied by a hound; to the left there are rocks and flowering trees with a butterfly above, and to the right banana leaves, and a tree which curves over the heads of the figures.
Reverse: A man waving a large sword at a butterfly.
Sticks: Four cartouches decorated alternately with flowers on a plain ground and a Chinese figure reserved in a crimson ground, above, alternating lions and pigs, separated by plants with red flowers.
Guards: Formal plant and geometric design in white, outlined in gold pique point and reserved in the crimson ground.

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 Museum

Acquisition and important dates

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

Dating

Early 18th Century
Circa 1710 CE - Circa 1720 CE

Note

A very early example in chinoiserie.

School or Style

Chinoiserie

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Leaf composed of bodycolour Width 41.5 cm
Washers composed of mother-of-pearl Sticks And Guards composed of ivory Stick And Guards composed of gouache Guards Length 25.8 cm

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.134-1985
Primary reference Number: 117719
Old catalogue number: DR 31/252
Stable URI

Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 2 June 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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