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Folding fan: M.136-1985

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Maker(s)

Unknown (Maker)

Description

Folding fan of silk, backed with paper. On the silk obverse is a chinoiserie figurative scene painted in gouache and gold paint and decorated with gilt-thread tambour-work outlining, stitched coloured-metal sequins (blue and yellow) and adhered coloured metal foil (red and blue) paillettes. The top edge and sides of the leaf are edged with applied gilt paper. Decoratively-carved sticks and guards of elephant ivory, overlaid with silver part-coloured by tinted lacquer; the ring-and dot motifs on the obverse sticks inlaid with red metal foil. Paper, previously silvered(?), is adhered to the reverse of alternate sticks. The sticks are united with a copper alloy rivet and mother-of-pearl spacers.

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

18th century
Production date: circa AD/CE 1780

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Components of the work

Leaf: composed of paper silk embroidery gouache Inlay: composed of foil Overlay: composed of silver Sticks, Guards: composed of ivory Guards: Length 27.5 cm
Foil:

Techniques used in production

Tambour work Gouache

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.136-1985
Primary reference Number: 117721
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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