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Folding fan: M.214-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Folding fan of double silk, with applied coloured mezzotint, painted designs, and sequin embroidery.
Sticks and guards of pierced and gilded ivory, the latter with foil backing.


History note: Colonel Leonard C. Messel (1872-1953); his daughter Anne, Countess of Rosse (1902-1992)

Legal notes

Purchase 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


18th Century, Late#
George III
Production date: circa AD 1780

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Guards composed of foil ( backing) Length 27.9 cm
Leaf composed of silk
Sticks, Guards composed of gilt ivory

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production


Identification numbers

Accession number: M.214-1985
Primary reference Number: 117799
Old catalogue number: DR 21/273
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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