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Coronation of Napoleon Fan


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Title/s

Coronation of Napoleon Fan

Maker/s

Unknown

Collection

Messel-Rosse Collection

Category

fans

Name

folding fan

Description

Double leaf of chickenskin painted in bodycolour and gilt. Gold paper binding on upper edge. Mother-of-pearl sticks and guards, pierced and inlaid with gilt spangles, the latter also set with clear pastes (13+2). Rivet with mother-of-pearl washer (?), barrel rivet. Front: Painted overall with the Coronation of Napoleon after part of the painting "Le Sacre de Napoleon" by Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825). Reverse: An asymmetrically placed floral spray and two insects painted in gold. Sticks: Pierced with small pointed and rectangular holes and set with asterisk-shaped gold spangles of graduated sizes. Guards: Pierced down the middle and set with four cut pastes of graduated sizes surrounded by tiny gold sequins; at the top and down the edges, asterisk-shaped spangles

Production Notes

The Coronation of Napoleon took place on 2 December 1804. The design is after Jacques-Louis David's 'Le Sacré de Napoléon', painted 1805-1807, now in the Louvre. It shows the moment Napoleon was about to place the crown on his own head,

Production Place

France (maker) (country)

French (maker) (nationality)

Technique Description

Double leaf of chickenskin painted in bodycolour and gilt. Gold paper binding on upper edge. Mother-of-pearl sticks and guards, pierced and inlaid with gilt spangles, the latter also set with clear pastes (13+2). Rivet with mother-of-pearl washer (?) barrel rivet.

Dimensions

length: (guards): 17.9 cm
width: (leaf):

Period

early 19th Century
Napoleon I

Date

circa 1807

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. 23]
  2. Verbraekin, René (1973) Jacques-Louis David Jugé par ses Contemporains et par la Posterité, Colmar, Paris
    [comments: Ref: For the source of the design see pl. 49.]

Other Notes

Accession Number

M.309-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 117894; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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