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Maker/s

Unknown (maker)

Collection

Messel-Rosse Collection

Category

fans

Name

folding fan

School/Style

Neoclassical

Description

Double leaf of cream silk, painted in bodycolour and gold and embroidered with gold beads and sequins. Silver paper binding on the upper edge. Sticks and guards of mother-of-pearl (18+2) , pierced, gilt and set with cut steel sequins. Neo-classical design.

Double leaf of cream silk, painted in bodycolour and gold and embroidered with gold beads and sequins. Silver paper binding on the upper edge. Sticks and guards of mother-of-pearl (18+2) , pierced, gilt and set with cut steel sequins; the guards also backed with gold foil. Steel rivet with mother-of-pearl washers. Front: Painted in colours with a neo-classical design comprising three urns linked by sequins and beads to four baskets of fruit, the ground scattered with small gold scrolls and floral sprays. The border comprises a turquoise line, a brown zone decorated with green ovals imitating engraved gems, a scalloped silver zone decorated with floral sprays and a pale green zone decorated with gold scrolls, between purple lines. The outer zones are interrupted by four large and four small rectangular scenes painted en grisaille with a blue background to resemble Wedgwood cameos. Reverse: Undecorated. Sticks: In the middle a cartouche containing an urn over a patera flanked by lozenges containing floral sprays and two elongated quatrefoils containing baskets of flowers. The spaces between are pierced by flower heads and foliate scrolls and set with groups of cut steels. Guards: On the lower part silvered and gilt musical instruments, music and stylized floral sprays, alternating with cut steel sequins; above a pierced design comprising, baskets, trophies and urns, set with cut steel sequins and backed by gold foil.

Production Place

England (maker) (country)

English (maker) (nationality)

Technique Description

Double leaf of cream silk, painted in bodycolour and gold and embroidered with gold beads and sequins. Silver paper binding on the upper edge. Sticks and guards of mother-of-pearl (18+2) , pierced, gilt and set with cut steel sequins; the guards also backed with gold foil. Steel rivet with mother-of-pearl washers.

Dimensions

length: (guards): 25.6 cm
width:

Period

early 19th Century
George III or George IV

Date

circa 1800 to 1830

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.234-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 117819; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-05-03)

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