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Applied Faces Fan: M.361-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Applied Faces Fan


Maker: Unknown




Double paper leaf, painted in water-colours, the front also appliqued with painted ivory and coloured silks. Gold paper binding on upper edge. Sticks and guards of silver-gilt filigree decorated with cloisonne enamels (17+2), the guards overlaid with silver-gilt plaques, chased(?) in low relief. Brass(?) rivet.
Front: Twenty-four Chinese men, women and children in indoor and outdoor settings. Their faces are of applied, painted ivory and their clothes of silk. Border of flowers, fruit, vegetables and butterflies on a silver background
Back: An exotic pheasant and hen amid flowers and foliage on a silver background. Border of flowers, fruit, vegetables and butterflies on a pale geen background.
Sticks: Filigree of adjacent whirls, enamelled in green and blue with three groups of buildings and trees on islands, two boats, birds and butterflies. Above the head, a flower and leaf on each stick forming a curved row when the fan is open.
Guards: Filigree of adjacent whirls enamelled in blue and green with a floral spray, overlaid on the front by a shaped panel decorated in low relief with figures, buildings, trees and flowers.


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


Mid 19th century
Production date: circa AD 1850


Made for the European export market, probably Spain or Portugal.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Sticks+guards composed of enamel ( cloisonne) filigree ( silver-gilt)
Appliqué composed of silk ( coloured) ivory ( painted)
Leaf composed of paper ( double) watercolours
Guards Length 28.1 cm

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.361-1985
Primary reference Number: 117945
Old catalogue number: DR 16/236
Old object number: 288
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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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