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Folding fan: M.326-1985

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Double paper leaf stipple printed, painted in water-colours
and gilt. Gold paper binding on the upper edge. Sticks and guards of wood, lacquered green and gilt, the head of the latter strengthened with ivory (18+2). Rivet with mother-of-pearl washers. Front: In the middle a young mother kneels in profile, holding out her arms to a small boy standing in front of her. Landscape background with distant hills, a lake or river and buildings. Gilt scroll border on the left, upper and right sides. Reverse: A floral spray in red, pink, green and gold. Sticks and guards: Oriental style plants, a pavillion by a tree and criss-cross diaper. The green lacquer and design stops short of the head. Reverse plain wood.


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


Early 19th Century
George III
Production date: AD/CE 1809


The source of the design was an engraving by M.N. Bate after Adam Buck (1759-1833) entitled 'Step by Step' in the series 'The Progress of Human Life'. It was printed by Ackerman, 101, Strand, London.

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Components of the work

Leaf: composed of paper ( double) watercolours gilt ink Sticks+guards: composed of lacquer ( green, gilt) wood Guards: composed of ivory ( head) Length 25.6 cm
Washers: composed of mother-of-pearl

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.326-1985
Primary reference Number: 117911
Old catalogue number: DR 30/388
Old object number: 369
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

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

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