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Folding fan: M.371-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Folding fan of paper backed with silk. Painted in watercolours with seven Chinese figures out-of-doors, with inserted mica as windows, fans, etc.
Sticks and guards of pierced ivory, the sticks painted and the guards carved (20+2)


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


Third quarter of 18th century
Production date: circa AD 1760


Chinese or European chinoiserie

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Leaf composed of silk ( backing) paper
Sticks composed of paint
Sticks, Guards composed of ivory
Guards Height 28.1 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Water colouring

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.371-1985
Primary reference Number: 117955
Old catalogue number: DR 21/271
Old object number: 290
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 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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