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Folding fan: M.375-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Folding fan of paper, double leaf. Painted in watercolours with birds, flowers, and rocks.
Sticks are of pierced ivory, guards are ivory with inlaid tortoiseshell and gilt.


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
Circa 1800 - Circa 1850


Chinese, made for the export market.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Guards composed of gilt ( inlay) tortoise shell ( inlay) Height 33.4 cm
Leaf composed of paper watercolour
Sticks, Guards composed of ivory

Techniques used in production

Water colouring

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.375-1985
Primary reference Number: 117959
Old catalogue number: DR 7/124
Old object number: 292
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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