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Perseus and Andromeda


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Title/s

Perseus and Andromeda

Maker/s

Unknown (maker)

Collection

Messel-Rosse Collection

Category

fans

Name

folding fan

School/Style

Rococo

Description

Single vellum leaf, painted in gouache and gilt. Gold binding on upper edge. Ivory sticks and guards, shaped, carved, pierced, painted, gilt and partially backed with mother-of-pearl. (20+2) Rivet set with clear pastes. Front: In the middle within a shaped oval frame, Perseus and Andromeda after Annibale Carracci's fresco in the Palazzo Farnese in Rome. On each side, a smaller shaped frame containing a putto in a landscape. Background diapered in shades of blue, white and gold, with floral sprays adjacent to the reserves, and at top left and right areas of scale pattern in shades of pink. Reverse: In the middle a gnarled tree and greensward; and in the top corners and on either side of the top of the tree, sprays of pink or purple flowers and foliage. Sticks: In the middle, a pierced cartouche with a scrolled frame, containing a pair of lutes and oboes?, backed by mother-of-pearl/iridescent shell. On each side there is an elaborately scrolled and shaped cartouche, containing a gentleman playing a similar wind instrument. When closed, the shaping of the sticks creates a design on the edge of the fan and there is a lozenge-shaped motif on the end of the head. Guards: Below the shoulder, an engraved and coloured floral spray; above, rocaille scrolls, stylized flowers and a seated lady, backed by mother-of-pearl.

Production Place

Italy (maker) (country)

Italian (maker) (nationality)

Technique Description

Single vellum leaf, painted in gouache and gilt. Gold binding on upper edge. Ivory sticks and guards, shaped, carved, pierced, painted, gilt and partially backed with mother-of-pearl. (20+2) Rivet set with clear pastes.

Dimensions

length: (guards): 28.9 cm
width:

Period

3rd quarter 18th Century

Date

circa 1760 to 1780

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.5]
    [comments: Publ.]

Other Notes

Accession Number

M.154-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 117739; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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