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The Messel Mica Fan


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Title/s

The Messel Mica Fan

Maker/s

Unknown (maker)

Collection

Messel-Rosse Collection

Category

fans

Name

folding fan

Description

Folding fan, the leaf composed of three bands of mica panels, mounted in double paper, painted in bodycolour and gilt. Ivory sticks of serpentine form; guards of ivory, the lower part serpentine, the upper part pierced by three panels backed with mica mounted in paper. Brass rivet. Front. The mica panels are painted in colours with different motifs including: floral sprays, flowers in vases, flowers with a bird, flowers with a dog, a dog with a bird, a bird with a dragonfly, a butterfly, a boy with a butterfly, a boy playing a pipe, a Cupid holding a heart, a Cupid brandishing an arrow, a seated boy, a female bust; some occurring more than once, but not identically. The horizontal paper borders between the panels are painted alternately black and blue with gilt ornament. Reverse: Mica undecorated, paper mounts painted en suite with those on the front. Sticks: lower part plain except for cog-like nicks in the edges. Upper part behind the leaf painted with gold squiggles. Guards: lower part plain except for cog-like nicks in the edges. Above the shoulder they have a border of diagonal strokes.

Production Notes

This fan is one of only four known, of its type, in existence.

Production Place

West Europe (maker) (continent)

European (maker) (nationality)

Technique Description

Folding fan, the leaf composed of three bands of mica panels, mounted in double paper, painted in bodycolour and gilt. Ivory sticks of serpentine form; guards of ivory, the lower part serpentine, the upper part pierced by three panels backed with mica mounted in paper. Brass rivet

Dimensions

height: (guards): 25.8 cm
height: (guards): 10 1/8 in
width: (whole): 45.0 cm
width: (whole): 17 3/4 in

Period

late 17th Century

Date

circa 1665 to 1700

Provenance

bought: Anne, Countess of Rosse 1985-01-28 (Filtered for: Applied Arts collection)

Colonel Leonard C. Messel (1872-1953); Anne, Countess of Rosse (1902-1992)

Purchased with a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and a gift from The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Documentation

  1. Armstrong, Nancy (1985) Fans from the Fitzwilliam. A Selection from the Messel-Rosse Collection, Cambridge (Cambs.): Fitzwilliam Museum Enterprises Ltd [page: pl. 2]
    [comments: Publ.]
  2. Hughes, Therle Fantasy in Plume and Parchment, European Fans from the Leonard Messel Collection, [page: 146]
    Source title: Country Life (8 June 1972)
    [comments: Publ., p. 146, pl. 3]
  3. (2005) Treasures of the Fitzwilliam Museum, London: Scala [page: 145]
    [comments: Publ.]
  4. Armstrong, Nancy (1974) A Collector's History of Fans, London: London Studio Vista [page: 171]
    [comments: Publ., p. 171, pl. 115]
  5. Crommelin, Rosemary A Flutter of Fans, [page: 36]
    Source title: Holly Leaves (December 1963)
    [comments: Publ.]
  6. Thornton, Peter K. Une des plus belles collections d'eventails du monde, [page: 96]
    Source title: Connaissance des Arts (April 1963)
    [comments: Publ., p. 96, pl. 2]
  7. Gostelow, Mary (1976) The Fan, Dublin: Gill and Macmillan [page: 9] 1976)
    [comments: Publ., p. 9, fig. 12]
  8. Woolliscroft Rhead, G. (1910) The History of the Fan, London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner [page: 109]
    [comments: Publ.]
  9. News, Cambridge Fans, [page: 30]
    Source title: The Historian (Spring 1987)
    [comments: Publ.]
  10. (1986) The Annual Reports of the Syndicate and of the Friends of the Fitzwilliam for the Year Ending 31 December 1985, Cambridge (Cambs.) [page: pl. X(a)]
    [comments: Publ.]

Other Notes

Accession Number

M.359-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 117943; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-02-14)

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