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Fair Rosamond Fan


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Title/s

Fair Rosamond Fan

Maker/s

Unknown (maker)

Collection

Messel-Rosse Collection

Category

fans

Name

folding fan

School/Style

Rococo

Description

Double leaf of paper printed in black and painted in water-colours. Sticks and guards of ivory painted in red and green (19+2), the latter strengthened at the tip and head with mother-of-pearl. Brass ? rivet. Front: Fair Rosamund, seated in an arbour is approached by Queen Eleanor, holding a sword in her left hand and a cup of poison in her right. In the foreground there are bedding and pot plants and behind the figures a path meanders into the distance where there is a church and a windmill. In the left foreground there is a shell and coral studded rock, , and in the distance a man asleep beside a sword, and another man running away in front of a view of Woodstock Palace. On the right of Fair Rosamond there is a formal garden with a fountain surrounded by statutes of Apollo, Minerva, Ceres and Jupiter, and a path leading to a gate. Inscribed on left side of leaf 'Oct.26. to ye late Act 1740. Reverse: An asymmetrically placed, sketchily painted vignette of a cottage and bushes. Sticks and guards: Painted with flowering plants and red diaper pattern. The design is repeated on the back. The mother-of-pearl tips on the guards are engraved with an unidentifiable motif.

Production Place

England (maker) (country)

English (maker) (nationality)

Technique Description

Double leaf of paper printed in black and painted in water-colours. Sticks and guards of ivory painted in red and green (19+2), the latter strengthened at the tip and head with mother-of-pearl. Brass ? rivet

Dimensions

length: (guards): 24.0 cm
width:

Period

mid 18th Century
George II

Date

circa 1740

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

Inscriptions/Marks

  1. inscription
    Position: on left side of leaf
    Method: printed in black
    Content: Oct.26. to ye late Act 1740

Documentation

  1. Catalani, Carla (1966) Waaiers, Bussum, Holland: C.A.J. van Dishoeck 1966)
    [comments: Publ. pl. 10]
  2. Armstrong, Nancy (1985) Fans from the Fitzwilliam. A Selection from the Messel-Rosse Collection, Cambridge (Cambs.): Fitzwilliam Museum Enterprises Ltd [page: pl. 6 & 7]
    [comments: Publ., pl. 6, detail pl. 7]
  3. Armstrong, Nancy The Art of the Fan, [page: 50]
    Source title: The Antique Collector (December 1985)
    [comments: Publ., p. 50, fig. 3]
  4. (1987) The Glory of the Garden, A Loan Exhibition in Association with the Royal Horticultural Society, London: Sotheby's [page: 119] 2-28 January 1987)
    [comments: Publ., p. 119, no. 197]
  5. Gostelow, Mary (1976) The Fan, Dublin: Gill and Macmillan [page: 55] 1976)
    [comments: Cf: Another, p. 55, fig. 44]
  6. Deburaux, Societé de ventes aux enchères (2006) Eventails XV, Colmar, Paris: Deburaux [page: 119] 5 December 2006)
    [comments: Cf. p. 22, lot 52, a fan with a similar leave, with inscription on the left 'oct 26 M. Gamble according to y late Act 1740'. Estimate E 2,000-2,500]

Other Notes

Accession Number

M.204-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 117789; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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