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Maker/s

Unknown (maker)

Collection

Messel-Rosse Collection

Category

fans

Name

brisé fan

Description

Brisé fan, sticks of pierced and gilt sandalwood, guards of carved ivory, thumb guard of tortoiseshell (27+2). Ribbon of painted silk. Metal rivet. Front: three medallions with Turkish musicians; back people dancing.

Brisé fan, sticks of pierced and gilt sandalwood, guards of carved ivory, thumb guard of tortoiseshell (27+2). Ribbon of painted silk. Metal rivet. Front: three medallions with Turkish musicians. In the centre, a woman is sitting under a sunshade being entertained by a man playing the pipe kneeling next to her, one dancing with a tambourine, one singing and one playing the drums. There is a little dog in the foreground and a building behind a wall in the background. In the left medallion, a man is playing the drums; in the right one a woman is playing the mandolin. All three scenes are bordered by scrolling ornaments between two dotted gold lines. Four cartouches show stalks with vases on top. On the bottom, buildings and sprays of flowers; on top, a ribbon with a dotted blue and red zigzag pattern over a row of pierced scrolls. Back: In the central cartouche, a landscape with three women and two men dancing in a circle holding hands round a tree. The flanking panels have trees in landscapes. Between the main cartouches light blue and white panels with buildings, sprays of flowers and pierced scrolls are positioned. On the bottom there is an animal with five pairs of feet and the ribbon on top is decorated with a red and blue chain of eye-shaped ornaments with white dots. Guards: Both guards are decorated in a similar way: an empty panel on the bottom, a leaf on a rough background, a trellis panel, a flower on rough background, a plain panel and a shell on rough background on the top.

Production Place

Netherlands (maker) (country) ()

Europe (maker) (continent)

European (maker) (nationality)

Technique Description

Brisé fan, sticks of pierced and gilt sandalwood, guards of carved ivory, thumb guard of tortoiseshell (27+2). Ribbon of painted silk. Metal rivet

Dimensions

length: (guards): 21.8 cm
width:

Period

2nd quarter 18th Century

Date

circa 1740

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. Moore, Susan The East through Occidental Eyes, Chinoiserie Fans in the Messel-Rosse Collection, [page: 1004]
    Source title: Country Life (10 October 1985)
    [comments: Publ., p. 1004, fig. 2. The author describes the fan as a French or Dutch copy of a 1740 fan, made c.1780 using guard sticks of c.1730.]

Other Notes

Accession Number

M.264-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 117849; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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