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Folding fan: M.149-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Unknown (Maker)


The double-paper leaf is painted 'en grisaille' in bodycolour; on the reverse is painted a grey spray of flowers. The sticks and guards are of ivory, shaped, painted and carved on the guards. Backed with gold foil. This fan may have been used for 'half-mourning'.


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


Third quarter of 18th century
Circa 1780 CE - Circa 1785 CE

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Components of the work

Guards composed of foil ( backing) Length 27.4 cm
Leaf composed of paper bodycolour Sticks, Guards composed of paint ivory Sticks

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.149-1985
Primary reference Number: 117734
Old catalogue number: DR 27/344
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Audit data

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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