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George III: M.233-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


George III


Maker: Unknown




Double paper leaf, printed and decorated with applied gold sequins, stamped spangles and thin spiralling gold wire. Sticks of pierced and fretted bone; guards of fretted and carved bone backed with gold foil (18+2). Rivet of brass and washer of mother-of-pearl. Front: an oval medallion containing a bust of George III in profile to left surrounded by the Garter inscribed 'LONG LIVE THE KING', with a crown on top, imposed on a sunburst. Above, there is a ribbon of spiralling gold thread and sequins with a lilac stamped spangle in the middle; on both sides of the ribbon silver doves are sitting on spirals and sequins. Sprays of threads, sequins and coloured spangles flank the medallion. The leaf is bordered with gold foil. Back: undecorated. Sticks: Each stick is decorated with a flower with a very long stem. Guards: both guards are decorated in the same way with long sprays of flowers and an undecorated shoulder.

Paper printed in sepia and embroidered with sequins and spangles.


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


18th Century, Late
George III
Circa 1789 - Circa 1790


Probably made to celebrate the King's recovery after his first bout of mental illness which lasted from late 1788 until the spring of 1789, when a service of thanksgiving was held in St Paul's cathedral on 23 April.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Leaf composed of sequins ( gold) wire ( spiralling, gold) spangles ( stamped) paper printing ink Width 44 cm
Sticks+guards composed of bone
Washer composed of mother-of-pearl
Rivet composed of brass (alloy)
Guards Length 24.8 cm

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.233-1985
Primary reference Number: 117818
Old catalogue number: DR 247
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 10 November 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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