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Unknown (maker)


Messel-Rosse Collection




folding fan


Double paper leaf painted in bodycolour, silvered and gilt; the reverse has a border of painted flowers, arabesques and trees. The sticks and guards are of ivory, pierced, carved and gilt in three tones; the guards are also backed with mother-of-pearl.

Production Notes

This is probably a commemorative fan for some important family, when the man was elevated to the peerage: note the draped ermine and the putto with a wreath.

Production Place

England (maker) (country) ()

Netherlands (maker) (country) ()

English (maker) (nationality) ()

Dutch (maker) (nationality) ()


length: (guards): 27.2 cm


3rd quarter 18th Century


circa 1750 to 1760


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.213-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 117798; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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