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Folding fan: M.334-1985

Object information

Current Location: Location name not in use


Maker: Unknown




Folding fan, double paper leaf, printed in black, painted in watercolours and gilt. The Taking of the Bastille titled 'Prise de la Bastille par les bourgeois et les braves Gardes Françaises de la bonne Ville de Paris, le 14 Juillet 1789. Dediée a la nation'. On the extreme left and right, six verses of a song to the 'Air la Bequille a barnaba', numbered 1 to 6, and flanking the central scene, captions for the numerals on it:' Mr. de Launay pris par le Grenadier et le Compon Horloger', 'Pavillon blanc', 'Maison de Mr Launay', 'Les Cuisines', 'premier pont-levi', 'grand pont levi'. Sticks and guards of pallisander wood (14+2), the guards are edged with bone and strengthened with bone at the rivet, which is made of steel. On the reverse, a small, green and red floral spray in the centre.


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
Louis XVI
Production date: circa AD 1789 : Start of French Revolution

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Sticks+guards composed of wood ( pallisander)
Leaf composed of paper watercolour gilt ink
Guards composed of bone Length 27.9 cm
Rivet composed of steel

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.334-1985
Primary reference Number: 117919
Old object number: 377
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 8 September 2021

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

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