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Folding fan: M.156-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




The double chickenskin leaf is painted in bodycolour; the reverse (by another hand) shows a landscape. The sticks and guards are of ivory, shaped, pierced and painted, and have a final application of colourless varnish.


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, Mid
Production date: circa AD 1750

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Leaf composed of bodycolour chicken skin
Sticks, Guards composed of varnish ivory
Guards Length 28.9 cm

Techniques used in production


Identification numbers

Accession number: M.156-1985
Primary reference Number: 117741
Old catalogue number: DR 27/350
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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