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Maker/s

Unknown (maker)

Collection

Messel-Rosse Collection

Category

fans

Name

folding fan

Description

Double leaf of cream silk, painted in water colours and decorated with applied mother-of-pearl and crushed shell. Sticks of shaped and pierced ivory strengthened at the head with tortoiseshell. Guards of shaped, pierced and carved ivory backed with mother-of-pearl and strengthened with tortoiseshell. (16+2) Rivet with mother-of-pearl washer. Front: A chinoiserie scene comprising: Left: a peacock and another exotic bird perching on a tree trunk with another bird flying overhead. Centre: an island on which is a Chinese lady seated beside a table bearing a vase. She is facing a standing Chinaman with a butterfly behind him. On each side of them there are flowering plants and small fences. Right: A pair of swans swimming beside bulrushes with a small bird flying overhead. On all sides there is a border of alternating blue oval and red rectangular medallions painted in gold with figures, probably intended to resemble engraved gems. Reverse: Undecorated.

Production Place

Germany (maker) (country) ()

Europe (maker) (continent)

European (maker) (nationality)

Technique Description

Double leaf of cream silk, painted in water colours and decorated with applied mother-of-pearl and crushed shell. Sticks of shaped and pierced ivory strengthened at the head with tortoiseshell. Guards of shaped, pierced and carved ivory backed with mother-of-pearl and strengthened with tortoiseshell. (16+2) Rivet with mother-of-pearl washer.

Dimensions

length: (guards): 24.8 cm
width:

Period

3rd quarter 18th Century

Date

circa 1760

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

Other Notes

Accession Number

M.163-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 117748; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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