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Folding fan: M.191-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Unknown (Maker)


Folding fan, single leaf of cream silk, embroidered with gold metallic thread, white and pink silk and with gold sequins attached by red silk. Sticks and guards of ivory, pierced, silvered, gilt and set with cut steels (18+2). Rivet set with cut steels (18+2). Rivet set with green pastes. In the centre, a lamp standing on a rectangular pedestal decorated with fringes and tassels, flanked by stylized floral sprays. Above these sit three rows of sequins and four groups of scalloped fringes. The upper and lower edges have 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


Early 19th Century
First Republic (Consulate)
Production date: circa AD 1800

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Leaf composed of silk ( cream) sequins ( gold) silk thread ( white, pink, red) metal thread Sticks+guards composed of ivory Guards Length 18.7 cm

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.191-1985
Primary reference Number: 117776
Old catalogue number: DR 6/96
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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