By using this site you accept the
terms of our Cookie Policy

You are in: Online Resources > Online Exhibitions > Fans > Gallery

[Back to results screen]

This full record display is using an old version of our collections database until it has been reconfigured to work with our new Collections Explorer.
In the meantime, if the record has been edited recently, the version you see here may contain out of date information. To be sure of finding the most up-to-date records please run the search again in Collections Explorer. This is a temporary measure, in place only whilst the new system is being developed, and we apologise for any inconvenience. If you have any questions about the data in this record please contact the Documentation Office


Click on image(s) for larger view

Maker/s

Unknown (maker)

Collection

Messel-Rosse Collection

Category

fans

Name

folding fan

School/Style

Chinoiserie

Description

Folding fan, double paper leaf, painted and spattered in watercolour, decorated with appliquéd painted pink silk and green, yellow, red and brown straw and gilt. Sticks and guards of pierced ivory (20+2), the upper end of the latter is also carved in low relief, gilt and backed with red silk. Rivet set with two clear pastes. Front: a chinoiserie scene comprising a seated china man beside a flowering shrub, a tree in a barrel, a group of three china men, two seated and one standing and a tree beside a pavilion. On all edges there is a border of continuous wavy foliage in gold. Reverse: A spray of four different flowering branches. Sticks: unusual type, comprising narrow rectangular blades pierced with vertical rectangular openings (2 1 2 1) separated by horizontal bars. When closed they form a cylinder with openings through it. Occasionally this form of stick-bunching is called 'Chippendale'. Guards: the lower part en suite with the sticks; the upper part carved with two hounds, a diaper panel, a gentleman playing the flute and a floral spray in a C-scroll.

Production Place

Germany (maker) (country)

German (maker) (nationality)

Technique Description

Folding fan, double paper leaf, painted and spattered in watercolour, decorated with appliquéd painted pink silk and green, yellow, red and brown straw and gilt. Sticks and guards of pierced ivory (20+2), the upper end of the latter is also carved in low relief, gilt and backed with red silk. Rivet set with two clear pastes.

Dimensions

length: (guards): 28.5 cm
width: (leaf): 47 cm

Period

3rd quarter 18th Century

Date

circa 1750 to 1775

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. Woolliscroft Rhead, G. (1910) The History of the Fan, London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner [page: 197]
    [comments: Publ.]
  2. Gostelow, Mary (1976) The Fan, Dublin: Gill and Macmillan [page: 75] 1976)
    [comments: Publ., p. 75, fig. 58]
  3. Armstrong, Nancy (1985) Fans from the Fitzwilliam. A Selection from the Messel-Rosse Collection, Cambridge (Cambs.): Fitzwilliam Museum Enterprises Ltd
    [comments: Publ. pl. 33]

Other Notes

Accession Number

M.150-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 117735; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

Related Image/s

[back to top]

[back to top]