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Folding fan: M.389-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Folding fan of paper, double leaf. The front is decorated in the 'applied faces' style and bordered with a floral garland on a red background. The reverse shows a large, central scene of a couple, a cavalier and lady, walking in a parkland setting. The reverse border is decorated in gold leaf with flowers, leaves and floral sprays on a pink or bodycolour (?) ground.
Pierced, enamelled, and gilded lower sticks (gorge) and guards.


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


Second half of 18th or 19th century
Circa 1750 - Circa 1880


Chinese for the export market, or European chinoiserie.

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Components of the work

Paper composed of paper
Sticks, Guards composed of gilt enamel

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Techniques used in production


Identification numbers

Accession number: M.389-1985
Primary reference Number: 117973
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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

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