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Unidentified (maker)


Messel-Rosse Collection




folding fan


Single leaf of skin ? painted in bodycolour and gilt. Sticks of bone, shaped, pierced and gilt; guards of pierced, carved and gilt bone (21+2). Rivet set with garnet pastes. Front: Painted overall with a trompe l'oeil design comprising from left to right: a leg of ham on a dish; a dog; part of a book; a print, painted en grisaille with a man playing bagpipes to the music of which a woman is dancing and playing castanets, signed 'Jno Faber fecit 1757'; a framed, coloured landscape in which a woman is dancing to the music of a violin played by a man seated under a tree; an open book inscribed DONN QUICKSOTT; a watch inscribed '-(J)EWELL' and 'LONDON'; a coloured picture of a man and woman playing draughts in a panelled room; two books and the sound box end of a lute. The edges have borders of gold vine. Reverse: Painted in blue, yellow, black and brown, three closed books, an open book of music, a sheet of music and a flute, surrounded by scrolls. Sticks: The lower part of each stick is shaped, the upper part is straight and tapering and pierced by simple geometrical and plant motifs. Where the shaping ends there is a band of gilt plant ornament. Guards: Lower part plain and shaped; the upper end carved in low relief and pierced with a design of scrolls and flowers, bearing remnants of gilding.

Production Place

England (maker) (country)

English (maker) (nationality)

Technique Description

Single leaf of skin ? painted in gouache and gilt. Sticks of bone, shaped, pierced and gilt; guards of pierced, carved and gilt bone (21+2). Rivet set with garnet pastes.


length: (guards): 25.7 cm


mid 18th Century
George II




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. G.B. Hughes Fans, Exotic and Rare, London [page: 653]
    Source title: Country Life (28 March 1963)
    [comments: Publ., p. 653, fig. 4]
  2. Crommelin, Rosemary A Flutter of Fans, [page: 36]
    Source title: Holly Leaves (December 1963)
    [comments: Publ.]

Other Notes

Accession Number

M.205-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 117790; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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