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Folding fan: M.142-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




The leaf is of double paper painted in bodycolour. The fan opens up both ways, showing four separate scenes on each: one in chinoiserie, the other three European, all gilt and, apparently, by the same hand. The sticks and guards are of ivory, pierced and carved, gilt in three tones and with gilt sequins; in addition, the guards are backed with foil and mother-of-pearl.


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


18th Century, Late#
Circa 1775 CE - Circa 1780 CE


Probably European, possibly English or French.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Guards composed of mother-of-pearl ( backing) foil ( backing) Length 27.8 cm
Sticks, Guards composed of sequins ivory
Leaf composed of paper gilt paint

Techniques used in production


Identification numbers

Accession number: M.142-1985
Primary reference Number: 117727
Old catalogue number: DR 27/355
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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