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Unknown (maker)


Messel-Rosse Collection




folding fan


Double silk leaf painted in bodycolour and decorated with silver and gold tambour work, silver and gold sequins and gold paint. The reverse has a light tracing of the main elements of the design in red, blue and purple paint. The sticks and guards are of mother-of-pearl, etched, silvered and gilt and the guards are also back with gold foil.

Production Notes

This is a Marriage Fan; the two flaming hearts on the altars denote "eternal love".

Production Place

England (country) ()

France, (country) ()

English (nationality) ()

French (nationality) ()


length: (guards): 27.0 cm


2nd half 18th century


circa 1760 to 1780


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.217-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 117802; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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