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Maker/s

Unknown (maker)

Collection

Messel-Rosse Collection

Category

fans

Name

folding fan

Description

Découpé folding fan; double vellum leaf, pierced and painted. Sticks of pierced and gilt ivory (17+2). Rivet of brass. The fan depicts three theatrical cartouches.

Découpé folding fan; double vellum leaf, pierced and painted. Sticks of pierced and gilt ivory; guards of undecorated ivory (17+2). Rivet of brass; washer of mother of pearl (probably of later date). Front: There are three theatrical cartouches, the central of which shows a man kneeling in front of a woman who is sitting on a throne; he is kissing her hand. The background is of green foliage with two birds and flowers. The flanking cartouches are decorated in a similar way. On the left and right, there is a panel with red scalloped sides, a green ground decorated with leaves and a red arch enclosing an acrobat, wearing a skirt, balancing on a wheel. The top edging is of a leather ribbon, left and lower edging have a green painted line. The back is undecorated. Sticks: all sticks are decorated in the same way: a pierced hole bordered by gold stripes, a crutch-shaped hole, and oval with symmetrical leaf ornaments and a spray of leaves on the top decorated with gold scrolls. The reverse is decorated in the same way.

Production Place

Italy (maker) (country)

Italian (maker) (nationality)

Technique Description

Découpé folding fan; double vellum leaf, pierced and painted. Sticks of pierced and gilt ivory, guards of undecorated invory (17+2). Rivet of brass; washer of mother of pearl .

Dimensions

length: (guards): 26 cm
width: (whole): 44.3 cm

Period

last quarter of 17th century

Date

after 1670 to 1700

Provenance

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

Colonel Leonard C. Messel (1872-1953); his daughter 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

Other Notes

Exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum in 1963

Accession Number

M.3-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 117589; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-05-03)

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