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Mrs. Fitzherbert Fan


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Title/s

Mrs. Fitzherbert Fan

Maker/s

Unknown (maker)

Collection

Messel-Rosse Collection

Category

fans

Name

brisé fan

Description

Brisé fan, Ivory sticks and guards with shaped ends, pierced, and painted in bodycolour, silver and gold (28+2). Pale beige ribbon. Concealed rivet. The fan has three main scenes and smaller oval medallions which resemble Wedgwood jasper cameo's.

Brisé fan, Ivory sticks and guards with shaped ends, pierced, and painted in bodycolour, silver and gold (28+2). Pale beige ribbon. Concealed rivet. Front: reserved in a ground pierced with foliate scrolls and formal floral motifs, there are three shaped panels painted in colours and weight small oval medallions painted en grisaille with pale blue backgrounds to resemble Wedgwood jasper cameo's. Left: a gentleman seated under a tree is shaking hands with a hound. Centre: a seated lady accompanied by a standing gentleman is offered a wreath by cupid who stands in front of a female in pseudo-classical dress. Right: a lady holding up one hand is seated under a tree. The oval medallions are arranged in pairs to the left and right of the larger panels. Top row from left to right: a draped female reclining on clouds; a draped female holding a shield seated on clouds; a female writing; Cupid sculpting a bust. Bottom row: Justice holding scales; Minerva; a female holding a spear; a female with a shield and right arm raised. Above there is a border of silver rectangles painted with orange red dots, alternating with rib boning. At the shoulder there is a lightly dotted gold border. Reverse: the panels are outlined in gold and there is a similar border at the top. Guards: Formal scroll and foliage design. Reserved in the upper part of both sides is a shaped medallion of a Roman warrior en grisaille with a blue background.

Production Place

Europe (maker) (continent)

England (maker) (country) ()

Technique Description

Brisé fan, Ivory sticks and guards with shaped ends, pierced, and painted in bodycolour, silver and gold (28+2). Pale beige ribbon. Concealed rivet.

Dimensions

length: (guards): 28.4 cm
width:

Period

4th quarter 18th century

Date

circa 1785

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 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. 14 & 15]
  2. Armstrong, Nancy (1974) A Collector's History of Fans, London: London Studio Vista [page: 150]
    [comments: Publ., p. 150, pl. 98]
  3. Armstrong, Nancy The Art of the Fan,
    Source title: The Antique Collector (December 1985)
  4. Armstrong, Nancy The Art of the Fan, [page: 51]
    Source title: The Antique Collector (December 1985)
    [comments: Publ., p. 51, fig. 4]
  5. (8-10 June 1882) Catalogue of the Cabinet of Old Fans, the Property of Mr Robert Walker of Uffington, Berkshire, : Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge [page: 5]
    [comments: Cf: A fan of similar format and subject but differing in details, p. 5, lot 61, pl. 2. This states that the central panel represents the Prince of Wales and Mrs Fitzherbert, accompanied by Religion and Hymen and that the smaller cartouches represent the couple as Fidelity and Constancy. It also gives Cosway as the artist.]
  6. Thornton, Peter K. Une des plus belles collections d'eventails du monde, [page: 97]
    Source title: Connaissance des Arts (April 1963)
    [comments: Publ. p. 97, no. 4]

Other Notes

Probably a marriage fan. It has been suggested that the couple are Prince George and Mrs. Fitzherbert, with the Prince as Fidelity and Mrs. Fitzherbert as Constancy.

Accession Number

M.104-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 117689; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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