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Folding fan: M.338-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Folding fan, leaf of cream-coloured mixed lace. Sticks of spliced, pierced and carved mother-of-pearl painted in gold and silver. Ribs of pierced bone (16+2). Rivet of brass; washer of mother-of-pearl; loop of brass. Front: Duchess of Brussels mixed lace with floral design. Three asymmetrically set needlepoint panels are inserted into the coarser bobbin lace, which is linked by typically zigzagging brides. Back: Undecorated. Sticks: pairs of sticks are decorated with either sprays of leaves or sprays of leaves and flowers; the reverse is undecorated. Guards: the front guard has sprays of leaves and flowers profiling the edges; the back guard has scrolling leaves on the top profiling edges.


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 20th century
Production date: circa AD 1900


The quality of both the bobbin and needle lace is rather poor.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Leaf composed of linen ( probably)
Ribs composed of bone
Sticks+guards composed of mother-of-pearl
Rivet+loop composed of brass (alloy)
Guards Length 35.3 cm

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.338-1985
Primary reference Number: 117923
Old object number: 381
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 28 February 2022 Last processed: Monday 28 February 2022

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

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