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Love's Arrows

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Love's Arrows


Unknown (maker)


Messel-Rosse Collection




brisé fan


Ivory sticks and guards in the form of arrows with circular cut steel framed peepholes in the flights, and circular eyeglass in both guards (19+2). Decorated with engraving to resemble feathers, covered with silver foil. A cream silk ribbon is threaded through a row of slits below the peepholes. Steel washers to the rivets. Reverse is undecorated.

Production Place

France (maker) (country)

French (maker) (nationality)

Technique Description

ivory, pierced, engraved and covered with silver foil, and applied with cut steel circles, and two stell-rimmed eye glasses, and two steel washers to the rivet


length: (guards): 14.1 cm
width: (whole): 25.5 cm


late 18th century
Louis XVI


circa 1790


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


  1. label
    Position: on back of first stick next to right guard
    Method: printed in red and hand-written in black ink
    Content: ROYAL SCOTTISH MUSEUM/ART & ETHNOGRAPHY printed in red surrounding 117 in black ink
    Description: circular white paper label printed in a circle with the words and above surrounding the number
    Interpretation: Number when lent to the Royal Scottish Museum, now the Museum of Scotland (2006)


  1. Woolliscroft Rhead, G. (1910) The History of the Fan, London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner [page: 173]
    [comments: Publ. oppoosite p. 173]
  2. Armstrong, Nancy (1985) Fans from the Fitzwilliam. A Selection from the Messel-Rosse Collection, Cambridge (Cambs.): Fitzwilliam Museum Enterprises Ltd
    [comments: Publ. pl. 20]
  3. Catalani, Carla (1966) Waaiers, Bussum, Holland: C.A.J. van Dishoeck 1966)
    [comments: Publ. pl. 39]
  4. Hughes, Therle Fantasy in Plume and Parchment, European Fans from the Leonard Messel Collection, [page: 1455]
    Source title: Country Life (8 June 1972)
    [comments: Publ., p. 1455, fig. 1]

Other Notes

Accession Number

M.119-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 117704; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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