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Folding fan: M.186-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Folding fan of pale blue silk, double leaf. Embroidered with silver sequins, spangles and beads.
Sticks and guards of horn, pierced and inlaid with cut steels. 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


19th Century, Early#
Production date: circa AD 1800

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Rivet composed of paste
Leaf composed of silk
Sticks, Guards composed of horn steel
Guards Length 18.8 cm

Materials used in production

silver Sequins

Techniques used in production


Identification numbers

Accession number: M.186-1985
Primary reference Number: 117771
Old catalogue number: DR 6/91
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 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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