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Folding fan: M.198-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Double leaf of cream net backed by gauze, decorated with frosted gilt-metal paillettes (pierced panels) overlaid by cut steel spangles of graduated size (bar, elliptical, two flower heads and panels). Sticks and guards of ivory (11+2), the former pierced and set with 'silver' spangles, the latter overlaid from the shoulder by gilt metal panels decorated with frosted gilt metal paillettes. Nail rivet with mother-of-pearl washers. The twenty-four paillettes are stitched to the leaf vertically; the cut steel spangles are stitched on in horizontal rows.


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

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Leaf composed of net ( cream) Width 30.5 cm
Pailletes composed of steel
Sticks+guards composed of ivory
Guards Length 16.0 cm

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular white paper label, the text printed in red between two concentric circles, enclosing hand-written number

  • Location: Applied to back of right guard
  • Method of creation: Printed in red and hand-written in black ink
  • Type: Label

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.198-1985
Primary reference Number: 117783
Old catalogue number: DR 6/104
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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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