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'The Malbrouk Fan'


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Title/s

'The Malbrouk Fan'

Maker/s

Unknown (maker)

Collection

Messel-Rosse Collection

Category

fans

Name

folding fan

Description

Double paper leaf decorated with etchings and wood block prints and painting in water-colours. Sticks and guards of dark brown wood (14+2). Steel rivet with bone (?) washers. Front: Three shaped panels printed with figure scenes: left, a lady saying farewell to Malbrouk, inscribed below 'Malbrouk sen-vat/ en Guerre' (verse 1 of the song on the reverse); right, a tower from which the lady observes a mounted general through a telescope, inscribed below 'Madame a sa tour monte/Si haut qu elle peut/monter.'(verse 4 of the song on the reverse); centre, the tomb of Malbrouk inscribed 'CI JIT/MALBROUK' with two officers on each side, inscribed below 'A l'entour de la Tombe,/Romarin l'en plante/Sur la plus haute branche,'Le Rossignol chante (verses 13 & 14 of the song on the reverse).' The background is seme with simplified sprigs and dots and round the edges there is a wavy rope and sprig border. Reverse: The music and nineteen, of the thirty-one, verses of 'La Morte de Mr d'Malbrouk'

Production Place

France, (maker) (country)

French (maker) (nationality)

Technique Description

Double paper leaf decorated with etchings and wood block prints and painting in water-colours. Sticks and guards of dark brown wood (14+2). Steel rivet with bone (?) washers.

Dimensions

length: (guards): 28.3 cm
width:

Period

4th quarter 18th century
Louis XVI

Date

circa 1781

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. Ehead, Whoolliscroft (1910) History of the Fan, London
    [comments: Ref: For information on Malbrouk, pp. 207-208, 210-211 and 213]
  2. Van Eeghan, I.H., Dr (1987) More about Malbrouk, [page: 12-13]
    Source title: The Bulliton of the Fan Circle International (Spring 1987)
    [comments: Ref: For information about Malbrouk]

Other Notes

Accession Number

M.302-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 117887; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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