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Maker/s

Unknown (maker)

Collection

Messel-Rosse Collection

Category

fans

Name

folding fan

School/Style

Chinoiserie

Description

Folding fan, Chicken skin leaf backed with paper, painted in bodycolour and gilt. Sticks and guards of pierced, carved, painted, varnished and gilt ivory (24+ 2). Rivet set with green pastes. Chinoiserie design.

Folding Fan Chicken skin leaf backed with paper, painted in bodycolour and gilt. Sticks and guards of pierced, carved, painted, varnished and gilt ivory (24+ 2). Rivet set with green pastes. Leaf: Reserved in a brown ground seme with gold dots and gold and pink circles (similar to oil de perdrix), there are three reserves resembling unrolled scroll paintings, linked by pink ribbon striped in dark green and two shades of purple, and with sprays of flowers and leaves painted en grisaille. Left: a Chinaman playing bells, painted en grisaille with a pale yellow background. Centre: under an awning, a Chinese boy kneels before a seated European lady holding a parrot, painted en grisaille. Right: a Chinese fisherman pulling his boat in to the shore, watched by a seated Chinaman smoking a pipe, painted en grisaille with a pale yellow background. Reverse: Painted in colours overall with a Chinese fisherman presenting a fish to a seated European lady in a lakeside landscape with trees, rocks, a pavilion and fence. Sticks: In the centre, a rococo cartouche painted with a landscape, flanked by a rococo and an oval cartouche painted with flowers and butterflies on a brown ground, linked by striped ribbon and sprays of polychrome flowers, which extend on either side and above which is a butterfly on the left and an exotic bird on the right; backround of gilt wavy diagonal lines. The design is outlined in red on the back. Guards: flowers and leaves within scrolled borders

Production Place

Europe (maker) (continent)

Austria (maker) (country)

Technique Description

Chicken skin leaf backed with paper, painted in bodycolour and gilt. Sticks and guards of pierced, carved, painted, varnished and gilt ivory (24+ 2). Rivet set with green pastes.

Dimensions

length: (guards): 29.9 cm
width:

Period

mid 18th Century

Date

circa 1760

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.

Other Notes

Accession Number

M.135-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 117720; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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