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Folding fan: M.322-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Folding fan, double leaf of dark green silk with net insertion, decorated with stamped, frosted gilt metal paillettes (two leaf shapes, palms, zigzag-edged panels and strips) and gold sequins. Sticks and guards of bone, pierced with simple sprays of stylized leaves (16+2). Barrel rivet with mother-of-pearl washers. The leaf has two horizontal bands of decoration at the top with four vertical panels and stripes below. The upper edge has a gold binding.


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#
Circa 1799 CE - Circa 1820 CE


The palmette-shaped frosted, metal, stamped paillettes made their appearance after Napoleon's North African campaign of 1798.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Leaf composed of silk ( dark green) sequins ( gold) paillettes ( two leaf shapes, palms, zigzag edged panels and strips) net
Sticks+guards composed of bone
Washer composed of mother-of-pearl
Guards Length 20.3 cm

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular paper label

  • Location: Back of left guard
  • Method of creation: Printing in red ink
  • Type: Label

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.322-1985
Primary reference Number: 117907
Old object number: 365
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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