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Folding fan: M.220-1985

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 34 (Fan Gallery)

Maker(s)

Maker: Unknown

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Description

Folding fan, double silk leaf, decorated with bodycolour, gold paint and applied gold sequins. Sticks of pierced ivory with silver and gold incrustations; guards of carved ivory with silver and gold incrustations, backed with mother-of-pearl and coloured foile (14+2). The design includes a central scene with several people and two cartouches.

Folding fan, double silk leaf, decorated with bodycolour, gold paint and applied gold sequins. Sticks of pierced ivory with silver and gold incrustations; guards of carved ivory with silver and gold incrustations, backed with mother-of-pearl and coloured foile (14+2); rivet set with square, table cut, clear pastes. Front: Three medallions framed by gold sequins on a pale green ground. The central scene (with two rows of sequins) has a lady and her son going towards a couple of peasants, and a boy cleaning a gentleman's shoes on the right. The group is flanked by architecture; in the background there is a mountain landscape with a village and a mansion. The main scene is flanked by two ovals, one with a woman selling flowers from a tray, the other one showing a man carrying water. The free spaces are filled with sprays of flowers and exotic birds. Top and lower edges have a gold border, top edging of gold foile; right and left border has scrolling gold ornaments on a darker background. Back: the stitching of the sequins on the front shows on the reverse forming the same medallion. The flanking ovals are undecorated; the central medallion has a Chinese style branch with red berries. Sticks: from the guards to the middle, the sticks are decorated in a symmetrical way: scrolling, fretted ornaments and crosses encircled by a gold line; three sticks form a medallion with flowers and a vase, the first stick is repeated and in the centre four sticks form a big vase surrounded by flowers. Guards: Both guards are decorated in a similar way: on the shoulder a bunch of arrows, a trumpet over a ribbon with a tambourine. (The inside of the back guard is decorated in the same way). The guard proper is deeply cut and backed with mother-of-pearl and with puce foile at the top left corner. On the bottom, a music trophy comprising a hat, a mandolin and a trumpet, above a vase with a scrolling ornament in the middle, a flower on top and a pierced flower top left.

Notes

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

Dating

4th quarter 18th century
George III
Circa 1780 CE - 1785 CE

Note

European, possibly English

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Leaf composed of sequins ( gold) bodycolour gold paint silk
Guards composed of foile ( puce) mother-of-pearl Length 28.1 cm
Sticks+guards composed of ivory
Sticks

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.220-1985
Primary reference Number: 117805
Old catalogue number: DR 27/354
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 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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