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Marriage Fan


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Title/s

Marriage Fan

Maker/s

Unknown (maker)

Collection

Messel-Rosse Collection

Category

fans

Name

folding fan

Description

Double leaf of silk, painted in bodycolour, gold and silver, and decorated with gold tambour work and sequins. Sticks and guards of horn (12+2), shaped, pierced, silvered, gilt and set with clear pastes brilliants; guards also backed by irridescent shell. Rivet set with clear pastes. Design of outdoor scene.

Double leaf of silk, painted in bodycolour, gold and silver, and decorated with gold tambour work and sequins. Sticks and guards of horn (12+2), shaped, pierced, silvered, gilt and set with clear pastes brilliants; guards also backed by irridescent shell. Rivet set with clear pastes. Front: Painted in the middle with a lady and gentleman seated in a landscape, watching a young girl with a basket on her head; in the background to right another lady is seated resting her head on her hand. The scene is enclosed by a shaped frame of tambour work and sequins flanked by butterflies. To right and left painted and tamboured floral sprays enclose an altar of love with a putto flying above. The edges are bordered by red, gold and silver floral sprays and blue and white herring bone pattern. Reverse: painted in the middle with a musical trophy suspended by a pink bow, and surrounded by sprays of leaves and gold foliate scrolls. The design on the front is outlined in red, but instead of putti, the altars are srumounted by urns of flowers. The edges are bordered by gold and red scrolls and flowers. Sticks: Of two different shapes, elaboratedly and somewhat clumsily pierced: on the four central sticks, a gentleman and a seated lady, flanked by a cupid on a pedestal and an urn; on the four sticks on each side, flowers growing from a basket with smaller baskets above, flanked by pairs of doves holding a wreath in their beaks. Guards: On the lower part, flowers; on the upper part, a basket, a girl standing beisde an urn and a half sun.

Production Place

England (maker) (country) ()

Germany (maker) (country) ()

English (maker) (nationality) ()

German (maker) (nationality) ()

Technique Description

Double leaf of silk, painted in bodycolour, gold and silver, and decorated with gold tambour work and sequins. Sticks and guards of horn (12+2), shaped, pierced, silvered, gilt and set with clear pastes brilliants; guards also backed by irridescent shell. Rivet set with clear pastes

Dimensions

length: (guards): 25.2 cm
width:

Period

3rd quarter 18th Century

Date

circa 1760

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. Hughes, Therle Fantasy in Plume and Parchment, European Fans from the Leonard Messel Collection, [page: 1457]
    Source title: Country Life (8 June 1972)
    [comments: Publ., p. 1457, fig. 5]

Other Notes

Accession Number

M.222-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 117807; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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