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Folding fan: M.231-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Unknown (Maker)


Folding fan, double leaf of greenish-white silk, decorated with an applied, circular, coloured mezzotint of two little girls and a cat in a landscape, embroidery in two shades of green, two shades of purple and cream silk, and gold sequins of two shapes. Sticks and guards of carved, pierced, silvered and gilt mother-of-pearl (16+2). Rivet set with clear pastes. The central print is flanked by horizontal sprays of flowers and leaves, entwined with sequins, with small groups of sequins below and borders of sequins on all sides. The top has a gold binding. The sticks and guards are pierced with flowers in baskets, flaming hearts and trophies.


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


Early 19th Century
Circa 1800 - Circa 1830

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Leaf composed of silk thread ( green, purple and cream) silk ( greenish-white) sequins mezzotint Sticks+guards composed of mother-of-pearl Guards Length 24.4 cm

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.231-1985
Primary reference Number: 117816
Old catalogue number: none
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Audit data

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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