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A Casino Fan: M.294-2015

Object information

Current Location: In storage


A Casino Fan


Publisher: Ashton, S.




Folding fan. The centre of the leaf with the head of Mercury, and the upper edge with the four card suits. Published by S. Ashton.
Uncoloured etching on wood sticks.


History note: Schreiber/Cust page. 11 no. 49 (SE 130) Lennox Boyd Estate. Christie's no. 2065

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 1793


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.

With the four suits of cards along the upper edge and in the centre the head of Mercury, this fan contains directions for playing Casino. Also called ‘Cassino’ this is an Italian fishing card game, which became popular in England in the 1790s. The object is to score 21 points by ‘fishing up’ cards displayed on the table.

Components of the work

Sticks composed of wood

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.294-2015
Primary reference Number: 204864
Sale number: 2065
no. 49 (SE 130)
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Audit data

Created: Wednesday 29 July 2015 Updated: Tuesday 26 October 2021 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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