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Folding fan: M.187-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Double pink silk leaf with net insertion, decorated with gold sequins of two types, and gilt and frosted stamped metal paillons (oval garlands, leaves, two different flower heads and fleurons). Bone sticks and guards, pierced with sprays of stylized leaves (16+2) barrel rivet. The net insertion is decorated with eight floral sprays.


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


Early 19th Century
Circa 1800 CE - Circa 1810 CE

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Components of the work

Leaf composed of silk ( dark pink) sequins ( gold) paillons Width 36.8 cm
Guards composed of bone Length 20.2 cm
Sticks composed of bone

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.187-1985
Primary reference Number: 117772
Old catalogue number: DR 18/251
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 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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