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The "Seventh Plague of Egypt" Fan: M.259-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage

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The "Seventh Plague of Egypt" Fan

Maker(s)

Maker: Unknown

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Description

Double leaf of paper backed with chickenskin ?, painted in bodycolour and gilt. Gold paper binding on upper edge. Sticks and guards of shaped, pierced and engraved/etched mother-of-pearl (15+ 2). Steel rivet with mother-of-pearl washers. Front: The Seventh Plague of Egypt after the painting of 1823 by John Martin (1789-1854). To right and left, wide borders of gilt flowers and foliage, extending in narrower sprays to meet in the middle of the lower edge. At the top there is a central border of fringes flanked by stylized leaves. Reverse: In the middle, painted in colours, a Nile landscape with temples and a camel, flanked by floral sprays in gold, black and red. Left, upper and right borders of stylized foliage with a flower in the upper corners, painted in gold. Sticks: Pierced with a man and woman flanked by plants and vases of flowers on trellises

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

Second quarter of 19th century
Circa 1830 CE - Circa 1835 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Leaf composed of paper bodycolour chicken skin gilt
Sticks+guards+washer composed of mother-of-pearl
Rivet composed of steel
Guards Length 21.8 cm
Sticks+guards

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.259-1985
Primary reference Number: 117844
Old catalogue number: DR 23/295
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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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