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Folding fan: M.317-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: pomel




Double leaf of paper, printed, painted in water-colours and gilt. Gold binding on upper edge. Sticks of pierced ivory, silvered and gilt on the front and painted on the back. Guards of pierced ivory, silvered and gilt, the head strengthened with mother-of-pearl. (14+2) Rivet with mother-of-pearl washers. Front: In the middle, a printed, hand-coloured vignette of a gentleman carrying a lady towards a waiting carriage, surrounded by a painted landscape. The left, upper and right edges have a stylized floral border in gold. Back: In the middle, a printed and hand-coloured vignette of a lady seated on a rock beside a stream attended by an angel who is feeling her heart and taking her pulse. Signed below, 'pomel Sc 1820' On each side there is a stylized floral spray painted in gold and pink. The left, upper and right edges have a stylized floral border in gold. Sticks: Pierced by simple leaf sprays and decorated on the front with diamond-shapes and stylized leaves in silver and gold foil, and on the back with painted roses and leaves. Guards: Pierced with stylized plants and decorated with silver and gold foil, striated and engraved with a flower head and three leaves.


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#
Production date: AD 1820

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Leaf composed of paper watercolours gilt ink
Guards+washers composed of mother-of-pearl
Sticks+guards composed of ivory
Guards Length 13.8 cm

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.317-1985
Primary reference Number: 117902
Old catalogue number: DR 14/216
Old object number: 360
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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