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Maker/s

Unknown (maker)

Collection

Messel-Rosse Collection

Category

fans

Name

folding fan

Description

Folding fan, double skin leaf, painted in bodycolour and gilt; sticks of pierced mother-of-pearl, inlaid with silver and gold; guards of pierced mother-of-pearl inlaid with silver and gold, backed with gold (14+2). Rivet set with silver. Front: Three pairs of unusually large figures are set in a very lush landscape with a bank on the left and a forest in the background. In the centre, two women are doing needlework; on the left a woman fanning her and a little figure holding a sunshade, both reminiscent of chinoiseries. On the right, in front of her, a woman is putting one arm around a man playing lute, sitting on a pillow. The scenes are flanked by a broad gold pattern, the top border comprising a war and garden trophy, birds, a vase of flowers, flowers (all painted in gold) and some roses. The top edging is of gold foil. Back: the centre is decorated with a swallow on a pedestal flanked by sprays of roses. Sticks: a man and a woman are making music in a central cartouche. The remaining sticks are decorated symmetrically with flowers and leaves, the first and last three are linked by swags. Guards: both guards are decorated in a similar way: a lozenge with twigs set on the shoulder, a flower, a vase and swags of drapery on the guard proper.

Production Place

Germany (maker) (country) ()

Austria (maker) (country) ()

German (maker) (nationality) ()

Austrian (maker) (nationality) ()

Technique Description

Folding fan, double skin leaf, painted in bodycolour and gilt; sticks of pierced mother-of-pearl, inlaid with silver and gold; guards of pierced mother-of-pearl inlaid with silver and gold, backed with gold (14+2). Rivet set with silver.

Dimensions

length: (guards): 27.6 cm
width:

Period

2nd half 18th century

Date

circa 1770 to 1780

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.239-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 117824; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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