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The Five Senses: M.207-2015

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The Five Senses


Maker: Unknown




Another impression of this design (M.165-2017)

Folding fan depicting five female figures, each with an attribute representing one of the five senses, in a landscape setting with piping putti. One sleeping in a cloud, one holding a bird, another drinking from a chalice.
Paper leaf with hand coloured etching, on plain lacquered sticks and carved lacquered guards, with mother of pearl inlay.


History note: Lennox Boyd Estate. Christie's no. 362

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


18th century
Production date: circa AD 1740

Components of the work

Leaf composed of paper Height 13 cm
Sticks, Guards composed of lacquer
Inlay composed of mother-of-pearl

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.207-2015
Primary reference Number: 204772
Sale number: 362
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Created: Monday 27 July 2015 Updated: Wednesday 15 May 2019 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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