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Folding fan: M.159-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Folding fan of vellum, single leaf. Painted with four women in a landscape.
Sticks of pierced and gilded ivory, guards of carved and pierced ivory, with foil backing. Paste rivet


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
1760 - 1770

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Guards composed of foil ( backing) Length 27.6 cm
Rivet composed of paste
Leaf composed of vellum paint
Sticks composed of gilt
Sticks, Guards composed of ivory

Techniques used in production


References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.159-1985
Primary reference Number: 117744
Old catalogue number: DR 29/373
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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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