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Empire type: M.185-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Empire type


Maker: Unknown




Lavender silk, double leaf, with double cream net insertion, decorated with cream silk embroidery (satin stitch), gold sequins and frosted gilt metal paillettes (leaf shaped and seven petalled flower-shaped) silver binding on the upper edge. Bone sticks and guards, pierced and partly silvered. Rivet set with clear pastes. The leaf has a broad net insertion with a scalloped lower edge, bordered at the top by two rows of sequins, and at the bottom, by one. It is embroidered with four cream leaves on a wavy stem worked in sequins and leaf-shaped and seven petalled flower shape paillons. Below the insertion there are seven vertical lines each comprising two rows of flower heads alternating with two rows of sequins, with one row of each next to the guards. The sticks and guards are pierced by simple stylized plant motifs, and the latter are edged by silver-gilt foil.


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


19th Century, Early#
Circa 1800 CE - Circa 1810 CE

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Components of the work

Leaf composed of silk ( lavender) net silk thread paillons Width 34.5 cm
Sticks+guards composed of bone
Guards Length 18.9 cm

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.185-1985
Primary reference Number: 117770
Old catalogue number: DR 6/95
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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