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Folding fan: M.147-1985

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 34 (Fan Gallery)


Unknown (Maker)


Folding fan double paper leaf, stipple printed and painted in watercolour, body colour and gold. Sticks and guards of painted wood, ivory thumbguard (19+2). Iron rivet; washer of mother-of-pearl. The print is signed 'Bojoznan (?) Sculp'. Front: In the centre, a young family is fishing on an island. Both spouses are fishing, a woman on the left holds their son who is fishing, and their little daughter is playing with a basket. There is a boat on the left, buildings in the foreground and a hilly landscape in the background. The left border and the first quarters on each side of the top border are blue with a wavy gold line, and the inner top border is of flowers and fruit. The top and lower edging are of gold foil. Back: a fragment of a column on a pedestal in a landscape with a tree and a fishing net in between two sprays of leaves and berries. Top, right and parts of the lower border are decorated with a brown line, gold leaves and blue strokes. Sticks: on the bottom, there is a row of flowers with two crossed arrows in the middle; above, two bouquets of flowers and a garland of flowers in the centre. On top, there is a row of gold striations above a row of green leaves with stars. Guards: Both guards are decorated in a similar way with striations on the bottom of the guard proper followed by two leaves with stars, two sprays of flowers. Two crossed arrows, a flower bouquet, a floral swag, three leaves and hatching on top.


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


Early 18th Century
Production date: circa AD 1820


European, possibly German

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Leaf composed of paper bodycolour watercolours ink Width 47 cm
Sticks+guards composed of wood Rivet composed of iron Washer composed of mother-of-pearl Thumbguard composed of ivory Guards Length 27.2 cm

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.147-1985
Primary reference Number: 117732
Old catalogue number: DR 21/265
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 19 January 2021 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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