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Folding fan: M.344-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Double paper leaf printed in black and brown and painted in green water-colour. Pale pink binding on upper edge. Sticks and guards of shaped, dark-coloured striped wood (17+2). Rivet with ivory washers.
Front: Trompe l'oeil design of Assignats, including examples dated 1791 and 1792. Reverse: 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 18th century
First Republic (Convention)
Circa 1792 - Circa 1793


Issued by the National Assembly in 1789 as 5% bonds repayable from confiscated ecclesiastical property, assignats became currency in 1790. Their issuance in large numbers led to violent inflation and in 1796 metal currency was restored.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Leaf composed of ink ( black) paper ( double) watercolours
Sticks+guards composed of wood ( dark-coloured, striped)
Washers composed of ivory
Guards Length 23.7 cm

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.344-1985
Primary reference Number: 117929
Old catalogue number: DR 16/228
Old object number: 387
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 July 2022 Last processed: Monday 25 July 2022

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

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