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Maker/s

Unknown (maker)

Collection

Messel-Rosse Collection

Category

fans

Name

folding fan

School/Style

Chinoiserie

Rococo

Description

Double leaf of paper, painted in bodycolour and gilt. Sticks and guards of pierced, fretted, carved, painted and gilt ivory (10+2), the piercing of the guards backed with blue silk, and the head strengthened with tortoiseshell. Rivet set with clear pastes. Front: On the left, a butterfly hovers over a rock and a flowering tree, towards which is walking a chinaman carrying two buckets on a yoke. On the right, a butterfly hovers over two Chinamen seated beside a fence, separated from the walking man by a bare tree. Reverse: An asymmetrically placed spray with two cherries. Sticks: A split design comprising an oval cartouche containing two putti and a black swan, surmounted by a Chinaman, to the right of which is a seated Chinaman holding a violin. At top right and left, an oval cartouche containing a glass and bottle. All separated by columns twined with flowers. Guards (both the same): On the upper part, a seated Chinaman with above, a putto and a circular cartouche containing a bottle, carrots and a wine glass, and below a vase of flowers; on the lower part, a spray of flowers with a parasol at the top.

Production Place

Italy (maker) (country)

Italian (maker) (nationality)

Europe (maker) (region)

Technique Description

Double leaf of paper, painted in bodycolour (pink, dark pink, pale blue, greyish-blue, shades of brown, grey, black and white) and gilt. Sticks and guards of pierced, fretted, carved, painted and gilt ivory (10+2), the piercing of the guards backed with blue silk, and the head strengthened with tortoiseshell. Rivet set with clear pastes.

Dimensions

length: (guards): 28.8 cm
width: (leaf): 52 cm

Period

mid 18th Century

Date

circa 1750 to 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.137-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 117722; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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