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Folding fan: M.252-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Double paper leaf, printed in black, painted in water-colours and gilt. Sticks and guards of shaped and pierced bone (18+2), guards originally gilt. Rivet with ivory washer. Front: In the centre, an altar surmounted by a lyre flanked by doves, with above 'Abanico de los Cortejos'. On the left, a gentleman with a lady on each side, with above 'Con que ayre y gusto marchan\Las Damas por el pasco, Acompanadas y viendo/En su abanico el Cortejo.' On the right, a gentleman with a lady on each side, with above 'Este es el nuevo Abanico,/De la moda del Cortejo, Senoritas a comparlo,/Cavalleros a ofrecerlo.' Border of kidney shapes, quatrefoils, ovals and dots in maroon and gold. Reverse: Undecorated. Sticks and guards: pierced by simple pointed and semi-circular shapes.


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


Second half of 18th century
Circa 1760 CE - Circa 1790 CE


Spanish, or French for the Spanish market

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Leaf composed of ink ( black) watercolours
Sticks+guards composed of bone
Washer composed of ivory
Guards Length 22.4 cm

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.252-1985
Primary reference Number: 117837
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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