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Folding fan: M.270-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Double paper leaf, printed in black, painted in water-colours and silver. Gold binding on upper edge. Sticks and guards of polished bone (14+2). Steel rivet. Front: In the centre within an oval frame is a statue of Liberty holding a bundle of rods, axe and helmet in her left hand and a triangle in her right. She stands on a pedestal inscribed in Dutch 'VRYHEID,/ LYKHEID/ BROEDERSCHAP' (Liberty Equality Fraternity). On the left, a group of figures: a woman kneeling beside a cradle, a standing woman holding a spear and a standing man wearing a red, white and blue cap. On the right, another group, comprising a trooper with a gun, a woman with a small boy and a man holding a spear. The ground is seme with silver dots resembling sequins, and on all sides there is a border of a wavy silver-dotted line reserved in a wide brown band. Reverse: Undecorated. Sticks and Guards Undecorated.


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


Late 18th century
Production date: after AD 1789 : Probably French for the Dutch market

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Leaf composed of ink ( black) paper ( double) watercolours
Sticks+guards composed of bone
Rivet composed of steel
Guards Length 27.4 cm

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.270-1985
Primary reference Number: 117855
Old catalogue number: none
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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

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