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Folding fan: M.196-1985

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 34 (Fan Gallery)


Maker: Unknown




Folding fan, leaf of white net with a gold paper binding along the top, decorated with a wide band of applied stamped and cut gold metallic sheet in panels, over which there are polished steel panels with elliptical piercing and three rows of swags. Below there are polished steel palmettes with three leaves below each. All the polished steels are attached by black silk thread. Sticks and guards of ivory (12+2), the sticks are shaped and pierced with stylized plant motifs and set with a star and three small circular polished steels. The guards are pierced by a wedge-shaped hole laid over a pierced sheet of steel, surrounded by borders of small circular steels. Steel 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

Leaf composed of silk thread ( black) metallic sheet ( gold) steel ( palmettes) net
Sticks+guards composed of ivory

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.196-1985
Primary reference Number: 117781
Old catalogue number: DR 6/100
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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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