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Folding fan: M.7-1988

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Production: Unknown




Single paper leave, painted in watercolours and decorated with three applied photolithographs, and coloured sequins; bone sticks and guards. A monument to the independence of Beligum, dated 1830; bust portraits of Lepolod I and his wife, Louise d'Orleans (married 1832), the reverse initialed and dated '28 Avril', 'EO', and '1905'.

Single leaf of paper, painted in watercolours and decorated with three applied photolithographs and coloured sequins attached by thread. Bone sticks and guards (16+2) pierced and set with sequins and gilt. Rivet with paste button securing also the metal carrying loop. The leaf is divided into three sections by radial stripes. In the centre there is a shaped cartouche containing a monument to the Independence of Belgium; on each side there are oval cartouches containing bust portraits of Leopold I and his wife Louise d'Orleans (married 1832). The spaces are filled by scrolls, sprays of pink and red roses and blue bows, one over each photolithograph; sprays of green leaves between gilt lines form borders across the top and down each side.

Legal notes

Given by Mrs Sally Down

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1987-06-08) by Down, Sally, Mrs


20th Century, Early
Production date: AD 1905


French or Belgian?

Components of the work

Leaf composed of sequins paper watercolours thread
Sticks+guards composed of bone
Guards Length 22.9 cm

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 1830
  • Location: Front, at centre
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: 28 Avril, EO, 1905
  • Location: Back, on each stick
  • Type: Inscription

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.7-1988
Primary reference Number: 118091
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 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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