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A Carnet de Ball for Hornby Castle: M.119 & A-2015

Object information

Current Location: In storage


A Carnet de Ball for Hornby Castle


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Brisé fan, depicting a carnet de ball (dance card) for Hornby Castle.
Card leaves, lithographed with original pencil by A Faber, no. 2, attached by gilt thread.


History note: Lennox Boyd Estate. Christie's no. 244

Legal notes

Accepted by H. M. Government in lieu of inheritance tax from the Lennox Boyd Estate

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Allocated (2015-04-27) by H.M. Government


19th century
Production date: AD 1863


Originally trimmed with pink marabou feathers, all that remains of this fan are its card ends. These were used by its female owner to record the names of the 13 gentlemen with whom she danced at a ball held at Hornby Castle, Lancashire, on 27 November 1863. The feathers may have been torn during use, or have suffered pest damage before the fan arrived at the Museum – feathers are particularly susceptible to insect activity.

This fan forms part of the collection of the Hon. Christopher Lennox Boyd, allocated to the Museum by H.M. Government in lieu of inheritance tax in 2015. The collection of over 600 fans ranges in date from the 18th to the 20th centuries and in type from bejewelled and hand-painted court and wedding fans, to printed mass-produced advertising fans, aide-memoire fans, mourning fans and children’s fans.

Components of the work

Leaves composed of card

Materials used in production

Gilt thread

Techniques used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.119 & A-2015
Primary reference Number: 204683
Sale number: 244
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Audit data

Created: Thursday 23 July 2015 Updated: Tuesday 26 October 2021 Last processed: Tuesday 26 October 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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