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Unknown (maker)


Messel-Rosse Collection




folding fan


Double silk leaf, the front features three vignettes; the central scene is painted in bodycolour with a fete galante; the two scenes flanking this are printed and applied; each scene is then decorated with gilt sequins and the background is painted. The reverse is lightly painted with flowers, an urn and decorative scrolls, garlands and borders. The sticks and guards are of pierced and fretted ivory and gilt in threee tones.

Production Notes

possibly French.

Production Place

Europe (maker) (continent)


length: (guards): 27.6 cm


4th quarter 18th century


circa 1775 to 1785


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

Other Notes

Accession Number

M.318-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 117903; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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