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The Necker Fan: M.337-1985

Object information

Current Location: Location name not in use

Titles

The Necker Fan

Maker(s)

Unknown (Maker)

Description

Double paper leaf, printed in black, painted in water-colours and gilt. Ivory sticks and guards (14+2). Brass rivet. Front: In the centre, within a laurel wreath, a bust portrait of 'MR NEKER' resting on a pedestal inscribed 'Son zelr vertueux que respecte l envie/Ramene l'abondance et la felicite'Precieux a l etat son modeste genie/Marche sans le savour a l immortalite/ le Cher.de Berainville'. The portrait is supported on the left by a figure representing France with an owl and a cornucopia of coins at her feet, and on the right by an angel holding a crown of stars over the portrait. On the left, a kneeling Queen extends her arms towards Necker, accompanied by a putto carrying a basket of flaming hearts. On the right, Hope, seated with her anchor, points towards a ship. Borders of alternating Vs and dots in pink and gold. Reverse: Three verses entitled 'Air Un Soldat par un coup funeste'. Sticks and guards: Undecorated.

Notes

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

Dating

4th quarter 18th century
Louis XVI
Production date: circa AD 1789 : Start of French Revolution

Note

Jacques Necker (1732-1804), French statesman and director general of finances during the reign of Louis XVI.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Leaf composed of ink ( black) paper watercolours Sticks+guards composed of ivory Rivet composed of brass (alloy) Guards Length 27.7 cm

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.337-1985
Primary reference Number: 117922
Old catalogue number: DR 30/389
Old object number: 380
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 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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