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Four Scenes Fan

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Four Scenes Fan


Unknown (maker)


Messel-Rosse Collection




brisé fan


Double paper leaf that opens four ways, painted in bodycolour to show either a lady or a gentleman of fashion on four different grounds; pink, lavender, blue and grey. The sticks and guards are of bone, inlaid with sequins.

Production Notes

The elaborate and fragile method of attachment is by two rows of invisibly placed chickenskin "ribbon" just below the painted border "ribbon". This must be almost unique in its original state.

Production Place

England (maker) (country) ()

France, (maker) (country) ()

English (maker) (nationality) ()

French (maker) (nationality) ()


length: (guards): 28.1 cm


4th quarter 18th century


circa 1785 to 1790


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


  1. Armstrong, Nancy The Art of the Fan, [page: 52]
    Source title: The Antique Collector (December 1985)
    [comments: Publ., p. 52, fig. 6]
  2. Armstrong, Nancy A Rare Fan in the Messel-Rosse Collection,
    Source title: Fans, The Bulletin of the Fan Circle International (Spring 1986)
    [comments: Publ.]

Other Notes

Accession Number

M.284-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 117869; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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