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Folding fan: M.217-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Double silk leaf painted in bodycolour and decorated with silver and gold tambour work, silver and gold sequins and gold paint. The reverse has a light tracing of the main elements of the design in red, blue and purple paint. The sticks and guards are of mother-of-pearl, etched, silvered and gilt and the guards are also back with gold foil.


History note: Colonel Leonard C. Messel (1872-1953) by his aunt Georgina T. Pington (?) who was given it by her brother William Charles Cussans (?). From Messel to 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


Second half of 18th century
Circa 1760 CE - Circa 1780 CE


This is a Marriage Fan; the two flaming hearts on the altars denote "eternal love".

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Guards composed of foil ( backing) Length 27.0 cm
Sticks, Guards composed of gilt mother-of-pearl silver

Materials used in production

silver, gold Sequins

Techniques used in production

Tambour work

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.217-1985
Primary reference Number: 117802
Old catalogue number: DR 25/329
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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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