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Folding fan: M.285-1985

Object information

Current Location: Location name not in use


Maker: Unknown




Assignat folding fan; double leaf of dark turquoise paper with gilt binding at the top, decorated with sixteen applied assignats, issued between 1792 and 1795. Sticks and guards of wood (20+2), the latter strengthened with bone at the rivet end; steel rivet.


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
First Republic (Directory)
Circa 1795 CE - Circa 1796 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Leaf composed of paper
Sticks+guards composed of wood
Guards composed of bone Length 32.5 cm
Rivet composed of steel

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.285-1985
Primary reference Number: 117870
Old catalogue number: DR 23/301
Old object number: 329
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 July 2022 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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