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Wide-ended Folding Fan: O.15 & A-1985

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Current Location: In storage


Wide-ended Folding Fan


Maker: Unknown




Leaf of paper, painted in ink, polychrome opaque water-colours and gold. Guards and sticks of bamboo, pierced, and lacquered. Decorated on both sides of the leaf with ho-ho bird and paulownia tree.


History note: Colonel Leonard Messel (1872-1953); Anne, Countess of Rosse (1902-92)

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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, Mid#
Circa 1840 - 1850


The wrapper catalogued as O.15A-1985 is certainly for this type of fan, but seems too wide for this particlar example, and may be slightly earlier in date. It is therefore catalogued separately.

Components of the work

Leaf composed of paper
Decoration composed of watercolour
Sticks composed of wood

Identification numbers

Accession number: O.15 & A-1985
Primary reference Number: 140683
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 24 April 2023 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

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

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