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Folding fan: M.208-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Double silk leaf painted and embroidered with gold and silver sequins and gold thread, applied printed-paper. Sticks of cut and painted ivory inlaid with clear pastes of pierced steel; guards of pierced steel backed with puce foil (17+2) rivet of brass; washer of mother-of-pearl. Front: the central medallion is printed with a scene showing Cupid broaching a wine barrel with Bacchus. It is bordered by a broad blue line inside two rows of gold sequins and flanked by a square blue and silver bordered panels with love trophies and two oval medallions with trees. Scrolling sequin and thread ornaments and gold flowers decorate the white leaf, which is bordered by a chain of leaves and ovals between lilac and a green line. The top edging is painted in gold. Back: undecorated. Sticks: alternating sticks of pierced steel and ivory, with two ivory sticks in the middle. The ivory sticks have slightly scrolling ornaments bordered by clear pastes, four medallions and figures imitating Wedgwood Jasperware. The steel sticks have a hole pattern. Guards: both guards are decorated in the same way: profiled steel decorated with holes.


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#
George III
Production date: circa AD 1800


European, possibly English

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Leaf composed of gilt-metal ( sequins) bodycolour silk Width 39 cm
Sticks composed of steel ivory
Guards Length 21.5 cm

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.208-1985
Primary reference Number: 117793
Old catalogue number: DR 23/293
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 22 November 2021 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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