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Maker/s

Unknown (maker)

Collection

Messel-Rosse Collection

Category

fans

Name

folding fan

Description

Double leaf of paper with four sides, painted in water-colours and gilt. Gold binding on upper edge. Sticks and guards of red lacquer decorated in gold (15+2), the latter strengthened at the head with ivory and tortoiseshell. Rivet with mother-of-pearl washers. Front l. A chinoiserie scene comprising two Chinamen seated at a table, one holding a cup and a bottle, the other a fan, attended by a servant bringing cups and saucers on a tray. On each side of the group there is a flowering tree and a smaller gold tree between the servant and the seated man with a fan. Back l. A parasol, a fan and a plant in a long-necked vases. Front 2. Three European vignettes: on the left a lady, perhaps a shepherdess, seated between to bushes; in the centre, a boy picks a gentleman's pocket while he caresses a lady seated beside a tree; on the right, a youth, perhaps a shepherd between bushes. Border of gold C-scrolls and foliage on left, top and right sides. Back 2. As Back 1. Sticks and Guards: Painted in gold with rocks, a pavilion and trees in oriental style.

Production Place

Europe (maker) (continent)

European (maker) (nationality)

Palermo (maker) (place) ()

Sicily (maker) (country) ()

Sicilian (maker) (nationality) ()

Technique Description

Double leaf of paper with four sides, painted in water-colours and gilt. Gold binding on upper edge. Sticks and guards of red lacquer decorated in gold (15+2), the latter strengthened at the head with ivory and tortoiseshell. Rivet with mother-of-pearl washers.

Dimensions

length: (guards): 29.5 cm
width:

Period

late 18th century

Date

circa 1770 to 1790

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. 30]
    [comments: Publ.]
  2. Moore, Susan The East through Occidental Eyes, Chinoiserie Fans in the Messel-Rosse Collection, [page: 1005]
    Source title: Country Life (10 October 1985)
    [comments: Publ., p. 1005, fig. 4]
  3. Bourne, Jonathan (1984) Lacquer, Marlborough
    [comments: Cf. for details of chinoiserie and lacquering in Sicily]

Other Notes

Accession Number

M.138-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 117723; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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