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Maker/s

Unknown (maker)

Collection

Messel-Rosse Collection

Category

fans

Name

folding fan

Description

Folding fan, double skin leaf, drawn in black ink. Sticks of lacquered ivory, shaped and pierced; guards of lacquered ivory shaped and pierced (17+2). Rivet of brass, washer of stamped, hexagonal-shaped brass. Front: A fishing scene with five men on a rock in the centre and the sea in the background. On the left, there is a boat with a standing fisherman holding a net on a pole, and on the right, there is a boat with two men sitting and one standing and harpooning. Low vegetation on the left and a bush and a tree on the right. The top border is of gold foil. Back: One half of a bridge and a gateway at the end of it. Sticks: the sticks are shaped to resemble a wavy floral ribbon with a narrower ribbon forming zigzags around them. On the bottom there is a row of holes, which form windows when the fan s closed. Guards: Both guards are decorated in the same way. The shoulder is decorated en suite with the sticks, with flowers, leaves and a trellis on the guard proper.

Production Place

Italy (maker) (country)

Italian (maker) (nationality)

Technique Description

Folding fan, double skin leaf, drawn in black ink. Sticks of lacquered ivory, shaped and pierced; guards of lacquered ivory shaped and pierced (17+2). Rivet of brass, washer of stamped, hexagonal-shaped brass

Dimensions

length: (guards): 26.9 cm
width: (whole): 46.0 cm

Period

mid to late 18th century

Date

circa 1760 to 1790

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

Accession Number

M.25-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 117611; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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