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Folding fan: M.411-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Folding fan of double leaf paper, of assymetrical design. The front leaf is decorated with a floral spray and butterflies, painted in red on brown silk(?) leaf; the reverse leaf design is an assymetrical copy of this design, outlined in red.
The wooden sticks and guards (18+2) are lacquered brown, decorated in painted gold with chinese garden scenes, bordered with flowers and leaves. Brass alloy (?) rivet with a brown loop and two brown silk tassels.


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, third quarter#
Production date: circa AD 1860


Cantonese, for the export market.

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Components of the work

Leaf composed of paper silk
Sticks, Guards composed of wood lacquer
Guards Height 41.0 cm

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.411-1985
Primary reference Number: 117993
Old object number: 468
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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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