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Maker/s

Unknown (maker)

Collection

Messel-Rosse Collection

Category

fans

Name

folding fan

Description

Folding fan, leaf of green silk, painted in bodycolour and inset with red gauze, decorated with applied painted ivory, frosted, stamped gilt-metal pailletes (pierced panels and leaves). Gold sequins and 'silver' sequins of two shapes. Ivory sticks and guards (18+2), the former shaped and plain, the latter backed above the shoulder by green leather decorated with gold tooling including the words 'Restons/Unis'. The head of the guards is strengthened with tortoiseshell. Nail rivet with mother-of-pearl washers. In the centre of the leaf is a lady dancing, holding a billowing scarf over her head. Her face is of painted ivory, her bodice of sequins and her red skirt semé with sequins. She wears a 'silver' sequin belt and necklace. She stands on painted greensward flanked by flowering bushes. On each side, there are scrolling sprays of sequins and leaves, above which sits a border of fourteen pierced panels. There is a border of close sequins along the top of the leaf, and spaced sequins down the sides and the bottom of the leaf. The upper edge has a gold binding.

Production Place

France (maker) (country)

French (maker) (nationality)

Technique Description

Folding fan, leaf of green silk, painted in bodycolour and inset with red gauze, decorated with applied painted ivory, frosted stamped gilt-metal pailletes (pierced panels and leaves). Gold sequins and 'silver' sequins of two shapes. Ivory sticks and guards (18+2), the former shaped and plain, the latter backed above the shoulder by green leather decorated with gold tooling

Dimensions

length: (guards): 27.0 cm
width: (leaf): 48.0 cm

Period

2nd quarter 19th century
Louis-Phillipe I

Date

circa 1830

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

Inscriptions/Marks

  1. inscription
    Position: on top end of both guards
    Method: stamped in gold
    Content: Restons/unis.
    Interpretation: let us remain united
    Language: French

Documentation

  1. Woolliscroft Rhead, G. (1910) The History of the Fan, London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner [page: 171]
    [comments: Publ.]

Other Notes

Accession Number

M.313-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 117898; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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