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Zodiac Fan

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Zodiac Fan


Unknown (maker)


Messel-Rosse Collection




folding fan


Double paper leaf with a hand coloured stipple engraving of three seperate scenes, together with a border showing the signs of the Zodiac. The imprint reads "Published at the Act directs by J. Cock, J.P. Crowder & Co. 21 Wood Street Cheapside London, Oct 2. 1801". The sticks and guards are of pierced and polished ivory.

Production Notes

Unusually, rays of the sun stream from the Scorpio sign, showing that this fan may have been a birthday gift.

Production Place

England (maker) (country)

English (maker) (nationality)


length: (guards): 29.1 cm


early 19th Century
George III


circa 1801


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. (27 October 1988-26 February 1989) Treasures for the Nation, Conserving our Heritage, London: British Museum [page: 75]
    [comments: Publ., p. 75, no. 48]

Other Notes

Accession Number

M.216-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 117801; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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