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Empire type


Unknown (maker)


Messel-Rosse Collection




folding fan




Lavender silk, double leaf, with double cream net insertion, decorated with cream silk embroidery (satin stitch), gold sequins and frosted gilt metal paillettes (leaf shaped and seven petalled flower-shaped) silver binding on the upper edge. Bone sticks and guards, pierced and partly silvered. Rivet set with clear pastes. The leaf has a broad net insertion with a scalloped lower edge, bordered at the top by two rows of sequins, and at the bottom, by one. It is embroidered with four cream leaves on a wavy stem worked in sequins and leaf-shaped and seven petalled flower shape paillons. Below the insertion there are seven vertical lines each comprising two rows of flower heads alternating with two rows of sequins, with one row of each next to the guards. The sticks and guards are pierced by simple stylized plant motifs, and the latter are edged by silver-gilt foil.

Production Place

France (maker) (country) ()

Italy (maker) (country) ()

French (maker) (nationality) ()

Italian (maker) (country) ()


length: (guards): 18.9 cm
width: (leaf): 34.5 cm


early 19th Century


circa 1800 to 1810


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.185-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 117770; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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