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Folding fan: M.4 & A-2002

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 34 (Fan Gallery)


Designer: Allchin, J.H.




Double leaf of beige silk backed with white stiffened silk, the front printed in brown, and edged with goose (?) down; sticks and guards of ivory (14 + 2); gilt-metal carrying loop. The front is decorated overall with two wrens perching on the stems of a flowering plant with long pods. To left of centre there is a butterfly or moth, and on the extreme left, a spider's web. The engraver's signature is on the extreme lower right side of the leaf. The fan is in a rectangular cardboard fan box (A), with off-white watered silk effect on the exterior.

Legal notes

Given by Mrs A. Zeitlin

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2002-04-22) by Zeitlin, Alice, Mrs


Late 19th Century
Early 20th century
Circa 1890 - Circa 1910


The description on one end of the fan box does not correspond to the description of the fan, which suggests that it was probably not the original box.

Components of the work

Carrying Loop composed of gilt-metal
Edging composed of down
Leaves composed of silk (textile)
Sticks And Guards composed of ivory
Box Height 3.5 cm Length 36.7 cm Width 4.5 cm
Guards Length 29.2 cm
Fan Length 34.5 cm

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: J.H. Allchin/del./et sculpt
  • Location: On lower right side of leaf
  • Method of creation: Printed in brown
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: White Satin
  • Location: On box, on end of lid
  • Method of creation: In faded black ink
  • Text: & Tinsel/K/C or K/ .
  • Location: On box
  • Method of creation: In faded black ink

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.4 & A-2002
Primary reference Number: 47107
Entry form number: 165
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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