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Folding fan: M.318-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Double silk leaf, the front features three vignettes; the central scene is painted in bodycolour with a fete galante; the two scenes flanking this are printed and applied; each scene is then decorated with gilt sequins and the background is painted. The reverse is lightly painted with flowers, an urn and decorative scrolls, garlands and borders. The sticks and guards are of pierced and fretted ivory and gilt in three tones.


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


4th quarter 18th century
Circa 1775 CE - Circa 1785 CE


Possibly French.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Sticks, Guards composed of gilt ( three tones) ivory
Leaf composed of silk
Guards Length 27.6 cm

Materials used in production

gilt Sequins

Techniques used in production


Identification numbers

Accession number: M.318-1985
Primary reference Number: 117903
Old catalogue number: DR 23/299
Old object number: 361
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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