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Maker/s

Unknown (maker)

Collection

Messel-Rosse Collection

Category

fans

Name

folding fan

Description

Folding fan, single paper leaf painted in body colour. Sticks of pierced and painted ivory with a zone of chinoiserie, guards of carved ivory, encrusted with reddish wood, ebony coloured wood and bone, partly backed with foil.(22+2). Rivet set with clear pastes. A variety of pastoral scenes are worked on the fan.

Folding fan, single paper leaf painted in body colour. Sticks of pierced and painted ivory with a zone of chinoiserie, guards of carved ivory, encrusted with reddish wood, ebony coloured wood and bone, partly backed with foil.(22+2). Rivet set with clear pastes. Front: In the centre, three scenes painted as three small pictures lying on top of each other; on top, a shepherd and shepherdess standing in a landscape beside water, with an urn on a pedestal, trees and a folly in the background. On the left, a well, some classical columns and a pyramid, all painted in blue. On the right, in brown, a man pouring water into a trough; in the background a cistern with an urn on top. The scenes are on a painted blue and white lace ribbon (Mechlin?), which is backed by a brown and gold trellis pattern with dots in the corners. The centre is flanked by two scenes in blue, wavy scrolls surrounded by flowers; on the left, a boy kneeling in front of a woman, a boy standing next to them; in the background there is a house behind a wall. On the right, a couple playing a game of cards is worked. The top edging is of a green and gold line; left, right and lower edging are of a single gold line. There are gold square ornaments with circles on a brown background at the top corners of the leaf. Back: A shepherdess is sitting on a bank under a tree; in the background, there is a little house with a fence in front of a forest. Sprays of flowers and some wavy ornaments border the scene. Sticks: In the centre, a chinoiserie scene with two seated people on a table and on the left, a classical ruin painted in blue and on the right, painted in brown, probably a squirrel attacking a basket of grapes, which has turned over. The three scenes, which follow the colour concept of the main scenes of the leaf, are bordered by a gold scrolling ornament. There is a Chinese-style rose on the reverse of the back guard; the first and second sticks have sprays of roses, the twenty-first and twenty-second sticks show a bird and an insect. The lower part of the sticks is pierced to show a lacy pattern when the fan is open. Reverse decorated with a little gold flower arrangement in the centre. Guards: Both guards are decorated in a similar way. The shoulder has encrusted striations of wood and ivory; the guard proper is carved, pierced and backed with puce foil on the top and bottom. In the middle, two wooden lines border an encrustation looking like a diagonal chessboard with bone and painted wood.

Production Place

Austria (maker) (country) ()

Germany (maker) (country) ()

Austrian (maker) (nationality) ()

German (maker) (nationality) ()

Technique Description

Folding fan, single paper leaf painted in body colour. Sticks of pierced and painted ivory with a zone of chinoiserie, guards of carved ivory, encrusted with reddish wood, ebony coloured wood and bone, partly backed with foil.(22+2). Rivet set with clear pastes.

Dimensions

length: (guards): 24.5 cm
width:

Period

3rd quarter 18th Century

Date

circa 1765

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: 1004]
    Source title: Country Life (10 October 1985)
    [comments: Publ., 1004, fig. 1]
  2. Melville, Beryl (1987) The Fan and Lace, London [page: 25]
    Source title: Fans, The Bulletin of the Fan Circle International (1987)
    [comments: Publ. p. 25, no. 1]
  3. (27 October 1988-26 February 1989) Treasures for the Nation, Conserving our Heritage, London: British Museum [page: 175]
    [comments: Publ., p. 175, no. 48d, illustrated in colour on p. 74]
  4. Phillips (1992) The Martin Willcocks Collection of Fans, London: Phillips [page: 19] 19 February 1992)
    [comments: Cf: Another fan of this type, i.e. with trompe l'oeil lace surrounding scenes in frames, p. 19, lot 195, pl. XII. Estimate £80-100; fetched £170.]

Other Notes

Accession Number

M.151-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 117736; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-03-04)

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