Skip to main content

Folding fan: M.150-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Folding fan, double paper leaf, painted and spattered in watercolour, decorated with appliquéd painted pink silk and green, yellow, red and brown straw and gilt. Sticks and guards of pierced ivory (20+2), the upper end of the latter is also carved in low relief, gilt and backed with red silk. Rivet set with two clear pastes. Front: a chinoiserie scene comprising a seated china man beside a flowering shrub, a tree in a barrel, a group of three china men, two seated and one standing and a tree beside a pavilion. On all edges there is a border of continuous wavy foliage in gold. Reverse: A spray of four different flowering branches. Sticks: unusual type, comprising narrow rectangular blades pierced with vertical rectangular openings (2 1 2 1) separated by horizontal bars. When closed they form a cylinder with openings through it. Occasionally this form of stick-bunching is called 'Chippendale'. Guards: the lower part en suite with the sticks; the upper part carved with two hounds, a diaper panel, a gentleman playing the flute and a floral spray in a C-scroll.


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 1750 CE - Circa 1775 CE


When closed the sticks and guards from a cylinder with vertical piercing.

School or Style


Components of the work

Appliqué composed of straw (plant material) ( green, yellow, red and brown) silk ( pink)
Guards composed of silk ( red) Length 28.5 cm
Leaf composed of paper watercolours Width 47 cm
Sticks+guards composed of ivory

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.150-1985
Primary reference Number: 117735
Old catalogue number: DR 30/393
Stable URI

Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 22 November 2021 Last processed: Monday 22 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

Citation for print

This record can be cited in the Harvard Bibliographic style using the text below:

The Fitzwilliam Museum (2023) "Folding fan" Web page available at: Accessed: 2023-02-07 06:50:37

Citation for Wikipedia

To cite this record on Wikipedia you can use this code snippet:

{{cite web|url= |title=Folding fan |author=The Fitzwilliam Museum|accessdate=2023-02-07 06:50:37|publisher=The University of Cambridge}}

API call for this record

To call these data via our API (remember this needs to be authenticated) you can use this code snippet:

Please enter your name as you would like to be addressed
Please enter your email address
The object accession number - this is prefilled
Please enter your query with as much detail as possible

More objects and works of art you might like

Perpetual Almanack

Accession Number: M.275-2015

Classical Mythology Scene

Accession Number: M.223-2015

Folding fan

Accession Number: M.144-1985

Venus and Adonis

Accession Number: M.127-2015

Suggested products from Curating Cambridge

You might be interested in this...

Sign up for updates

Updates about future exhibitions and displays, family activities, virtual events & news. You'll be the first to know...