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George III


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Title/s

George III

Maker/s

Unknown (maker)

Collection

Messel-Rosse Collection

Category

fans

Name

folding fan

Description

Double paper leaf, printed and decorated with applied gold sequins, stamped spangles and thin spiralling gold wire. Sticks of pierced and fretted bone; guards of fretted and carved bone backed with gold foil (18+2). Rivet of brass and washer of mother-of-pearl. Front: an oval medallion containing a bust of George III in profile to left surrounded by the Garter inscribed 'LONG LIVE THE KING', with a crown on top, imposed on a sunburst. Above, there is a ribbon of spiralling gold thread and sequins with a lilac stamped spangle in the middle; on both sides of the ribbon silver doves are sitting on spirals and sequins. Sprays of threads, sequins and coloured spangles flank the medallion. The leaf is bordered with gold foil. Back: undecorated. Sticks: Each stick is decorated with a flower with a very long stem. Guards: both guards are decorated in the same way with long sprays of flowers and an undecorated shoulder.

Production Notes

Probably made to celebrate the King's recovery after his first bout of metal illness which lasted from late 1788 until the spring of 1789, when a service of thanksgiving was held in St Paul's cathedral on 23 April.

Production Place

England (maker) (country)

English (maker) (nationality)

Technique Description

double paper leaf, printed and embroidered with applied gold sequins, stamped puce, purple, copper, and silver spangles and thin spiralling gold wire. Sticks of pierced and fretted bone; guards of fretted and carved bone backed with gold foil (18+2). Rivet of brass and washer of mother-of-pearl.

Dimensions

length: (guards): 24.8 cm
width: (leaf): 44 cm

Period

late 18th century
George III

Date

circa 1789 to 1790

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

Other Notes

Accession Number

M.233-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 117818; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-05-03)

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