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Folding fan: M.369-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Telescopic fan folding of paper, double leaf. 'Applied faces' fan, with many figures on each side.
Sticks and guards of etched mother-of-pearl, gilt-metal loop. Double silk tassel. Made for export.


History note: Colonel Leonard C. Messel (1872-1953); Anne, Countess of Rosse (1902-92)

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


19th Century, Mid#
Production date: circa AD 1840


Chinese, for the export market

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Leaf composed of paper
Loop composed of gilt-metal
Tassel composed of silk
Sticks, Guards composed of mother-of-pearl
Guards Height 21.4 cm

Techniques used in production


References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.369-1985
Primary reference Number: 117953
Old catalogue number: DR 16/234
Old object number: 316
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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