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Folding fan: M.189-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Folding fan, double leaf of cream silk, embroidered in three shades of pink, two shades of lavender, light brown and cream silk with gilt metallic thread and with gold sequins of two shapes. Sticks and guards of ivory, pierced, silvered and gilt (16+2). Rivet set with clear pastes. In the centre, a floral motif with sequin border above and on each side. The top edge has a gold binding.


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#
Napoleon I
Circa 1800 - Circa 1815

Components of the work

Leaf composed of silk ( cream) silk thread ( lavender, pink, brown, cream) sequins metal thread
Sticks+guards composed of ivory
Guards Length 18.8 cm

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: printed in red

  • Location: Back of left guard
  • Method of creation: Printing
  • Type: Label

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.189-1985
Primary reference Number: 117774
Old catalogue number: DR 6/89
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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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