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Folding fan: M.162-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Folding fan, double paper leaf painted in body colour and watercolours. Sticks of pierced ivory with applied gold foil and varnished paintings. Guards pierced, carved, painted and inlaid with gold foil and backed with mother-of-pearl (18+2). Rivet set with clear pastes. Front: three medallions on a puce background, decorated with sprays of blue flowers and gold garlands. In the large oval cartouche in the centre, there are two sitting women, one knitting, one with flowers in her lap, and a boy carrying a basket of flowers on a stick. The background comprises, a cloth draped over a column and an urn on a pedestal and buildings to the left. The tow smaller flanking medallions show putti making music on the right and drawing on the left. a thin gold pattern sits on the top and lower border, a gold twig on the left and the top edging is of gold foil. Back: Two buildings and trees sit on a little island (the same as in the background on the front leaf) bordered by flowers in blue and pink. Sticks: Three different pairs of sticks: putti on a panel with pierced parts on the bottom and on top, two columns and two sticks forming a pierced panel with a vase of flowers. Guards: Both guards are decorated in a similar way: a column at the shoulder and the guard proper is decorated with a medallion with flowers, two putti, a standing figure, a wreath and swags 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


4th quarter 19th Century
Circa 1880 CE - 1890 CE


European, possibly German

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Leaf composed of watercolour bodycolour
Guards composed of mother-of-pearl Length 26.8 cm
Sticks+guards composed of gold ivory

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.162-1985
Primary reference Number: 117747
Old catalogue number: DR 11/160
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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

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