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The Pillemont Fan


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Title/s

The Pillemont Fan

Maker/s

Unknown (maker)

Collection

Messel-Rosse Collection

Category

fans

Name

folding fan

School/Style

Rococo

Chinoiserie

Description

Double leaf of chickenskin decorated in pen and black and red ink, and gilt. Gold paper binding on upper edge. Sticks and guards of pierced, carved, engraved, silvered and gilt in two colours mother-of-pearl. Rivet with two gilt metal washers. Front: Decorated overall with groups of chinoiserie figures in black, with a floral border in black at the top. The right, left and lower edges are bordered by scrolls which on the right and left have an outer border of striations which continues across the top. An outer Vitruvian scroll border in gold runs round the top and two sides. Reverse: In the middle, two putti holding a garland are seated on a cloud; scroll border on all sides. Sticks: In the middle a man kneels, offering his heart to a lady, while a putto hovers overhead. On the left and right, an oval cartouche in which a lady stands beside a vase. Guards: On the upper end of each, a gentleman playing a lute with a putto above and a trophy below.

Production Notes

One of the groups of figures was derived from L'Air in a set of Elements by Jean Pillement (1719-1808).

Production Place

France (maker) (country)

French (maker) (nationality)

Technique Description

Double leaf of chickenskin decorated in pen and black and red ink, and gilt. Gold binding on upper edge. Sticks and guards of pierced, carved, engraved, silvered and gilt in two colours mother-of-pearl . Rivet with two gilt metal washers

Dimensions

length: (guards): 27.6 cm
width: (leaf): 50.4 cm

Period

mid 18th Century
Louis XV

Date

circa 1750 to 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
    [comments: Publ. pl. 29]
  2. Fan Circle International (1978) Fans from the East, London: Debrett's Peerage Ltd [page: 29]
    [comments: Publ., p. 29, pl. 33]

Other Notes

Accession Number

M.303-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 117888; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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