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Folding fan: M.339-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Folding fan, leaf of white guipure lace without a net ground worked in cotton thread. Sticks and guards of spliced mother-of-pearl (16+2) ribs of pierced bone. Rivet of steel and washer of mother-of-pearl and a brass loop. Front: Duchesse de Brussels lace with sprigs linked by typical zigzagging brides. Back and guards are undecorated.


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


Late 19th Century
After 1870 CE - Before 1900 CE


The lace was probably made in Bruges, or one of the smaller lace-making towns of Flanders, Belgium.

This type of white bobbin lace with needle-lace details, was also made at other centres in Belgium, and in France.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Leaf composed of cotton
Ribs composed of bone
Sticks+guards composed of mother-of-pearl
Rivet composed of steel
Loop composed of brass (alloy)
Guards Length 35 cm

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.339-1985
Primary reference Number: 117924
Old object number: 382
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 8 December 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 8 December 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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