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Folding fan: M.365-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Double paper leaf, painted in water-colours ? bodycolour and appliqued with coloured silk and painted ivory. Gold binding on upper edge. Sticks of pierced and carved ivory stained red and gilt. Guards of carved ivory, stained red and gilt. (14+2) Rivet set with clear pastes.
Front: Within borders of fish, bats and symbols, forty men, women and children are arranged in groups inside and outside buildings. They have faces of applied painted ivory and clothes of silk.
Reverse: Within borders of fish, bats, flowers and symbols, is an exotic pheasant and another bird, standing amid flowers and foliage.
Sticks: Genre scenes picked out in gold with pierced striations in the background.
Guards: Genre scenes picked out in gold.


History note: Colonel Leonard C. Messel (1872-1953); Anne, Countess of Rosse (1902-1992)

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum with a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund

Place(s) associated

  • Amoy ⪼ Macao ⪼ China

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1985-01-28) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


19th Century, Mid#
Circa 1850 CE - Circa 1860 CE


Chinese for the expot market, possibly Iberia.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Leaf composed of watercolours silk gouache
Sticks+guards composed of ivory
Guards Length 27.9 cm

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.365-1985
Primary reference Number: 117949
Old catalogue number: DR 11/166
Old object number: 310
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 8 December 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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