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Corradino Fan


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Title/s

Corradino Fan

Maker/s

Fdo. Coustellier & Cie (manufacturer)

Collection

Messel-Rosse Collection

Category

fans

Name

folding fan

Description

Folding fan, double leaf, chicken skin on the back and paper on the front, printed in black, painted in watercolours and gilt. Sticks of carved and pierced ivory inlaid with cut steel sequins. Guards of carved and pierced ivory overlaid with engraved steel plates and clouté with steels. Music and figures on front, pseudo-Turkish scene on back.

Folding fan, double leaf, chicken skin on the back and paper on the front, printed in black, painted in watercolours and gilt. Sticks of carved and pierced ivory inlaid with cut steel sequins. Guards of carved and pierced ivory overlaid with engraved steel plates and clouté with steels; the head is strengthened with mother-of-pearl. (16+2) Steel rivet with ivory washers. Front: in the middle, a bearded man in a long furred gown addresses three young ladies, standing in a landscape with trees at the sides. Above in gold, the title 'Corradino' is printed. The rest of the leaf, including the area over the title is occupied by the music and the words of the song in Italian and Spanish. The left, upper and right edges have a formal border incorporating stylised flowers, leaves and half rosettes in gold and black. The lower right corner is inscribed 'FC.No 481 1/2'. Back: a pseudo-Turkish scene of two girls dancing with a scarf while a man seated beside a palm tree plays a stringed instrument. Inscribed below 'Belleville No 280'. On either side there is a spray of stylised flowers and foliage in gold, pink and red. The upper edge has a border of gold S-scrolls, floral sprays and interlacing semi-circles; the left and right edges have gold S-scrolls; and the lower edge a continuous stem of leaves. Sticks and Guards: unusual piercing, so that when closed it is possible to see through the guards and sticks.

Production Notes

The firm of Fdo. Coustellier & Cie of Paris had an extensive export trade with Spain, and in 1829 founded a branch there. Corradino was one of two alternative titles for Rossini's opera, Mathilde de Shabran, first performed in Rome in 1821.

Production Place

Colmar, Paris (manufacturer) (place)

France (manufacturer) (country)

French (manufacturer) (nationality)

Technique Description

Double leaf, chicken skin on the back and paper on the front, printed in black, painted in watercolours and gilt. Sticks of carved and pierced ivory inlaid with cut steel sequins. Guards of carved and pierced ivory overlaid with engraved steel plates and clouté with steels; the head is strengthened with mother-of-pearl. (16+2) Steel rivet with ivory washers

Dimensions

length: (guards): 21.6 cm
width:

Period

2nd quarter 19th century
Louis-Phillipe I

Date

circa 1830

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

Documentation

  1. Armstrong, Nancy (1985) Fans from the Fitzwilliam. A Selection from the Messel-Rosse Collection, Cambridge (Cambs.): Fitzwilliam Museum Enterprises Ltd [page: pl. 25]
    [comments: Publ.]
  2. Kammerl, Christl (1989) Der Facher, Munich [page: 193-194]
    [comments: Cf: A fan of similar type with a song entitled 'Torvaldo y Dorliska Musica del Maestro Rossini', signed 'Paris. Fabrica de Abanicos de Fdo. Coustellier y Cia. F.C. N 495' and on the back 'F.C. N 485', pp. 193-194, no. 107]

Other Notes

This music has been lifted from Rossini's Matilde di Shabran (1821)

Accession Number

M.40-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 117626; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-05-31)

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