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Maker/s

Unknown (maker)

Collection

Messel-Rosse Collection

Category

fans

Name

folding fan

Description

Double chickenskin leaf, painted in bodycolour and gilt. Sticks and guards of pierced and carved ivory (20+2). Rivet with two mother-of-pearl washers. Chinoiserie design.

Double chickenskin leaf, painted in bodycolour and gilt. Sticks and guards of pierced and carved ivory (20+2). Rivet with two mother-of-pearl washers. Front: Painted overall with a large central cartouche and two smaller cartouches painted with European pastoral scenes, the ground filled by chinoiseries. Left: a seated shepherdess with a sheep, under a tree in a landscape. Centre: a shepherd and shepherdess seated beneath a tree in a landscape with a manor, a church and a river in the background and sheep and a stream in the foreground. Right: a girl holding a sheaf of corn and a sickle, stands beside a tree while another sits to pick a plant on the bank of a stream. The chinoiseries on the left comprise a landscape with a house in a walled garden beside a river; a woman and a boy; a rabbit; flowers and butterflies; and on the right, a group of ladies and a boy; three horses, and a landscape. Reverse: A basket of fruit, which is under attack from a grey squirrel, surrounded by floral sprays. Sticks: On each side of a central floral cartouche there are two stalk-like birds, below there is a smaller cartouche with a seated girl and two standing men on each side. Guards: Sprays of flowers, and at the top a standing man. When the fan is closed, a rococo scroll and a basket of flowers is visible on the edge and two floral sprigs on the head.

Production Place

Europe (maker) (continent)

European (maker) (nationality)

Portugal (maker) (country) ()

Portuguese (maker) (nationality) ()

Technique Description

Double chickenskin leaf, painted in gouache and gilt. Sticks and guards of pierced and carved ivory (20+2). Rivet with two mother-of-pearl washers.

Dimensions

length: (guards): 29.6 cm
width:

Period

3rd quarter 18th Century

Date

circa 1760 to 1770

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. 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. 5]

Other Notes

Accession Number

M.141-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 117726; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-05-03)

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