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Maker/s

Unknown (maker)

Collection

Messel-Rosse Collection

Category

fans

Name

folding fan

School/Style

Rococo

Description

Folding fan, double paper leaf painted in polychrome and gilt; sticks and guards of pierced, shaped, gilt and painted ivory. The latter carved and backed with mother-of-pearl; rivet with two cut red paste heads. The cream leaf is decorated with flowers, love trophies and scrolls, and with one large and two small shaped panels separated by two narrow rectangular panels. The central panel is decorated with two boys and two girls in a landscape, the right panel with a girl seated in a landscape, and the left panel with a boy seated in a landscape. The two rectangular panels are decorated with a small figure of a girl in a landscape, and a small figure of a man in a landscape. On the back there is a landscape with a border of stylized flowers and foliage on the left, top and right sides. The sticks are decorated with chinoiserie figures in panels with gilt edges. The sticks are carved with a Chinaman and scrolls at the top and with flowers below.

Production Place

England (maker) (country) ()

France, (maker) (country) ()

English (maker) (nationality) ()

French (maker) (nationality) ()

Technique Description

Folding fan, double paper leaf painted in polychrome and gilt; sticks and guards of pierced, shaped, gilt and painted ivory. The latter carved and backed with mother-of-pearl; rivet with two cut red paste heads.

Dimensions

length: (guards): 27.0 cm
width:

Period

3rd quarter 18th Century

Date

circa 1760

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. Armstrong, Nancy (1985) Fans from the Fitzwilliam. A Selection from the Messel-Rosse Collection, Cambridge (Cambs.): Fitzwilliam Museum Enterprises Ltd [page: pl. 8]
    [comments: Publ.]
  2. (1987) The Glory of the Garden, A Loan Exhibition in Association with the Royal Horticultural Society, London: Sotheby's [page: 119] 2-28 January 1987)
    [comments: Publ., p. 119, no. 199]

Other Notes

Accession Number

M.298-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 117883; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-05-27)

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