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Mourning Fan: M.146-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Mourning Fan


Maker: Unknown




The double paper leaf is silvered and has a grisaille design of pen, ink and wash. The reverse shows a sprig of flowers painted in grey water colours. The sticks are of pierced ivory, the guards have an addition of some carving.


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


Mid 18th Century
Production date: circa AD 1740


European, possibly Italian.

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Components of the work

Leaf composed of paper wash ink silver pen
Sticks composed of ivory
Guards Length 25.8 cm

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.146-1985
Primary reference Number: 117731
Old catalogue number: DR 23/311
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 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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