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Maker/s

Unknown (maker)

Collection

Messel-Rosse Collection

Category

fans

Name

folding fan

Description

Double leaf of silk, painted in bodycolour and embroidered with gold sequins and beads. Gold paper binding on upper edge and gold strip on lower edge. Sticks and guards of ivory pierced, silvered and gilt (14+2); the guards backed in red foil and mother-of-pearl. Design including an outdoor conversation piece and two smaller scenes.

Double leaf of silk, painted in bodycolour and embroidered with gold sequins and beads. Gold paper binding on upper edge and gold strip on lower edge. Sticks and guards of ivory pierced, silvered and gilt (14+2); the guards backed in red foil and mother-of-pearl. Rivet set with clear pastes. Front: In the middle is a shaped oval cartouche painted with an outdoor conversation piece: a gentleman standing beside two ladies who are seated on a bank in front of a pedestal surmounted by an urn, and are glancing apprehensively at a small boy on the left, who is holding a cage; a small dog approaches the group from the right. On each side there is a smaller scene: on the left a still life comprising a melon and a slice of melon, two glasses of wine, a bottle and some fabric grouped in front of a bushes and a garden pedestal surmounted by a ball; on the right, a quiver of arrows, a bow, a flaming heart, two doves and forget-me-nots grouped in front of trees with a pedestal surmounted by a ball on the left. The painted areas are enclosed by scrolls and loops of embroidered sequins and beads; the loops flanking the central scene enclose painted purple feathers, and those over the lateral scenes enclose dark pink feathers. In addition there are sprays of flowers in the spaces between the feathers. The left, upper and right edges have borders of gold and red lines, elongated Ss, vases and flowers. Reverse: In the centre a spray of pink flowers and foliage flanked by smaller sprays. The outlines of the scrolls and loops on the front are painted in red. Sticks: Finely pierced with diaper patterns, circular medallions containing scrolls, oval and shaped cartouches containing flowers, outlined in silver and gold foil. Guards: On the upper part, a tapering panel pierced by diaper work and a trophy, backed by red foil and mother-of-pearl. Below, formal motifs and flowers.

Production Place

England (maker) (country)

English (maker) (nationality)

Technique Description

Double leaf of silk, painted in bodycolour and embroidered with gold sequins and beads. Gold paper binding on upper edge and gold strip on lower edge. Sticks and guards of ivory pierced, silvered and gilt (14+2); the guards backed in red foil and mother-of-pearl. Rivet set with clear pastes.

Dimensions

length: (guards): 27.8 cm
width:

Period

late 18th century
George III

Date

circa 1780 to 1785

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

Documentation

  1. Armstrong, Nancy (1985) Fans from the Fitzwilliam. A Selection from the Messel-Rosse Collection, Cambridge (Cambs.): Fitzwilliam Museum Enterprises Ltd [page: pl. 11]
    [comments: Publ.]
  2. Armstrong, Nancy The Art of the Fan, [page: 51]
    Source title: The Antique Collector (December 1985)
    [comments: Publ., p. 51, fig. 5]

Other Notes

Accession Number

M.221-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 117806; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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