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Coronation of Napoleon Fan: M.309-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Coronation of Napoleon Fan


Production: Unknown




Double leaf of chickenskin painted in bodycolour and gilt. Gold paper binding on upper edge. Mother-of-pearl sticks and guards, pierced and inlaid with gilt spangles, the latter also set with clear pastes (13+2). Rivet with mother-of-pearl washer (?), barrel rivet. Front: Painted overall with the Coronation of Napoleon after part of the painting "Le Sacre de Napoleon" by Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825). Reverse: An asymmetrically placed floral spray and two insects painted in gold. Sticks: Pierced with small pointed and rectangular holes and set with asterisk-shaped gold spangles of graduated sizes. Guards: Pierced down the middle and set with four cut pastes of graduated sizes surrounded by tiny gold sequins; at the top and down the edges, asterisk-shaped 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


19th Century, Early#
Napoleon I
Production date: circa AD 1807


The Coronation of Napoleon took place on 2 December 1804. The design is after Jacques-Louis David's 'Le Sacré de Napoléon', painted 1805-1807, now in the Louvre. It shows the moment Napoleon was about to place the crown on his own head,

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Leaf composed of bodycolour chicken skin gilt
Sticks+guards composed of mother-of-pearl
Guards Length 17.9 cm

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.309-1985
Primary reference Number: 117894
Old catalogue number: DR 20/261
Old object number: 352
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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