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Telescopic Fan: M.220-2015

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Telescopic Fan


Maker: Clarke & Co




Telescopic folding fan, with floral decoration and spangles.
Hand-painted paper leaf, extensively decorated with spangles. On pierced and fretted sliding bone sticks, and carved and pierced sliding bone guards.


History note: Lennox Boyd Estate. Christie's no. 380

Legal notes

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

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th century
Production date: circa AD 1770


Telescopic fans have a mechanism that allows the sticks to slide into the ribs when the fan is closed, making it much smaller and easier to carry. This rare 18th-century example was made by Robert Clarke, an important fan-maker who operated from 26, The Strand. The fan required extensive repairs to the paper component due to large splits on the outer edge of its folds, as shown by the photograph taken before treatment.

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

Leaf composed of paper spangles
Sticks, Guards composed of bone

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.220-2015
Primary reference Number: 204785
Sale number: 380
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 28 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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