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Folding fan: M.313-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Folding fan, leaf of green silk, painted in bodycolour and inset with red gauze, decorated with applied painted ivory, frosted, stamped gilt-metal pailletes (pierced panels and leaves). Gold sequins and 'silver' sequins of two shapes. Ivory sticks and guards (18+2), the former shaped and plain, the latter backed above the shoulder by green leather decorated with gold tooling including the words 'Restons/Unis'. The head of the guards is strengthened with tortoiseshell. Nail rivet with mother-of-pearl washers. In the centre of the leaf is a lady dancing, holding a billowing scarf over her head. Her face is of painted ivory, her bodice of sequins and her red skirt semé with sequins. She wears a 'silver' sequin belt and necklace. She stands on painted greensward flanked by flowering bushes. On each side, there are scrolling sprays of sequins and leaves, above which sits a border of fourteen pierced panels. There is a border of close sequins along the top of the leaf, and spaced sequins down the sides and the bottom of the leaf. The upper edge has a gold binding.

Double silk leaf with gauze insertion, painted in body colour and decorated with applied painted ivory, gilt-metal paillettes and sequins; bone sticks and guards, the latter backed with tooled leather inscribed 'Restons/unis' (Let us remain united). In the centre, a woman dances holding a billowing scarf.


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, second quarter#
Louis-Phillipe I
Production date: circa AD 1830

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Leaf composed of silk ( green) gauze ( red) bodycolour Width 48 cm
Guards composed of leather ( green) Length 27 cm
Sticks And Guards composed of gilt-metal ( of two shapes) ivory

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Restons/unis.
  • Location: On top end of both guards
  • Method of creation: Stamped in gold
  • Type: Inscription

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.313-1985
Primary reference Number: 117898
Old catalogue number: DR /15
Old object number: 356
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 19 January 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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