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Unknown (maker)


Messel-Rosse Collection




folding fan


Single vellum leaf painted in bodycolour and gilt. On the front, a representation of David and Abigail; on the reverse, a lamb, a bird, a butterfly and a basket of fruit. The sticks are of ivory pierced in a fishscale motif and then etched; the guards are of carved and etched ivory.

Production Notes

The sticks and guards are Chinese and would have been exported to Europe to be mounted and decorated.

Production Place

Northwest Europe (maker) (continent) ()

Chinese (maker) (country) ()


length: (guards): 24.5 cm


early 18th Century


circa 1720 to 1730


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.277-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 117862; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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