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)
Purchased with a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and a gift from The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum
Method of acquisition: Bought (1985-01-28) by Countess of Rosse, Anne
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