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Unknown (maker)


Messel-Rosse Collection




folding fan




Double leaf of cream net backed by gauze, decorated with frosted gilt-metal paillettes (pierced panels) overlaid by cut steel spangles of graduated size (bar, elliptical, two flower heads and panels). Sticks and guards of ivory (11+2), the former pierced and set with 'silver' spangles, the latter overlaid from the shoulder by gilt metal panels decorated with frosted gilt metal paillettes. Nail rivet with mother-of-pearl washers. The twenty-four paillettes are stitched to the leaf vertically; the cut steel spangles are stitched on in horizontal rows.

Production Place

France, (maker) (country) ()

Italy (maker) (country) ()

French (maker) (nationality) ()

Italian (maker) (country) ()


length: (guards): 16.0 cm
width: (leaf): 30.5 cm


early 19th Century


circa 1800


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


  1. label
    Position: applied to back of right guard
    Method: printed in red and hand-written in black ink
    Content: ROYAL SCOTTISH MUSEUM\ART & ETHNOGRAPHY surrounding 112
    Description: circular white paper label, the text printed in red between two concentric circles, enclosing hand-written number
    Interpretation: number when lent to the Royal Scottish Museum, now the Museum of Scotland (2006)

Other Notes

Accession Number

M.198-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 117783; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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