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Oracle Fan


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Title/s

Oracle Fan

Maker/s

Unknown (maker)

Collection

Messel-Rosse Collection

Category

fans

Name

folding fan

Description

Double paper leaf, printed, painted in watercolours and gilt. The upper edge has a gold binding. Sticks of wood. Guards of wood edged and strengthened with ivory. (15+2). Brass rivet. Ivory arrow attached by a cream silk cord. Front features two putti, the title and numbered sections; the back the heads and symbols of gods and goddesses.

Double paper leaf, printed, painted in watercolours and gilt. The upper edge has a gold binding. Sticks of wood. Guards of wood edged and strengthened with ivory. (15+2). Brass rivet. Ivory arrow attached by a cream silk cord. Front: In the centre two putti hold up a label inscribed 'L'ORACLE'. Below them is a wheel divided into numbered sections (6, 12, 18, 24 arranged concentrically), flanked by sprays of flowers. On the left there a rectangular frame containing five panels headed I-V, each of which has below ten names of gods and goddesses numbered l. - 10. Below there is an oval wreath containing 'QUESTIONS' numbered l.-5. This is repeated on the right with the panels numbered VI-X and questions 6. -10. The edges have gold and red borders of scrolls and flowers. Reverse: Linked by a bound laurel wreath there are ten medallions containing the heads and symbols of gods and goddesses, labeled above JUPITER, JUNON, APOLLON, DIANE, MARS, VENUS, BACHUS (sic), CERES, MERCURE and MINERVE. Below each is a rectangular panel containing two line answers and prognostications in French, numbered 1.-10. Borders of gold, silver and red scrolls and flowers. Sticks: undecorated. Guards: gorge undecorated; above the shoulder edged with ivory; head strengthened with ivory

Production Notes

English for the French market. The text was also published in English by Jno Cock, I.P. Crowder & Co., No. 21 Wood Street, Cheapside, London, January 1, 1800.

Production Place

England (maker) (country)

English (maker) (nationality)

Technique Description

Double paper leaf, printed, painted in watercolours and gilt. The upper edge has a gold binding. Sticks of wood. Guards of wood edged and strengthened with ivory. (15+2). Brass rivet. Ivory arrow attached by a cream silk cord.

Dimensions

length: (guards): 138 mm
width:

Period

early 19th Century
George III

Date

circa 1800

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. Gostelow, Mary (1976) The Fan, Dublin: Gill and Macmillan [page: 61] 1976)
    [comments: Publ., p. 61, fig. 47]
  2. The Fitzwilliam Museum (2000) Tempus, The Art of Time, Cambridge (Cambs.): The Fitzwilliam Museum [page: 39]
    [comments: Publ., p. 39, pl. 35]

Other Notes

Accession Number

M.316-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 117901; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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