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(The "Rape of the Sabines" fan)


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Translated title

The "Rape of the Sabines" fan

Maker/s

Unknown (maker)

da Cortona, Pietro after (artist) [ULAN info: 1596-1666]

Collection

Messel-Rosse Collection

Category

fans

Name

folding fan

Description

Folding fan, single skin leaf, painted in bodycolour and watercolours. Sticks and guards of lacquered ivory (22+2) rivet of brass and washer of mother-of-pearl. Front: the front leaf shows 'The Rape of Sabines', after Pietro da Cartona (1596-1666), but the design is reversed. In the centre, in front of an obelisk, a roman is abducting a Sabine and another Roman is hitting a man, who is trying to protect a Sabine; on the left, in front of a temple, five Sabines are being abducted by Romans, one of them on horseback; on the right a man with a crown between two columns stands on a podium. Below this there are roman soldiers, an abduction and a child; a statue stands on a podium; bushes and trees are placed in the background and there is some action between the central and right scene. The top lower and left borders are black with scrolling gold ornaments. Back: flowers, fruit and birds on a black background, in the centre two naked figures are holding a garland of flowers. Sticks: painted in different colours of lacquer showing Chinoiseries in two fan leaf-shaped rows with nine cartouches each. Four miniatures in the upper row. Reverse; gold pattern. Guards: both guards are painted in a similar way showing Chinoiseries in cartouches and ovals

Production Notes

The scene is "The Rape of the Sabines", after Pietro da Cortona (1596-1666). The original, painted between 1626 and 1631, is now in the Pinacoteca Capitolina, rome. Much of the design is reversed, showing it was taken from an engraving, probably by Pietro Aquila (Le Blanc 83, cf no. 17 in BM 1962, 246).

Production Place

Italy (artist) (country) ()

Italy (maker) (country)

Italian (maker) (nationality)

Technique Description

Folding fan, single skin leaf, painted in bodycolour and watercolours. Sticks and guards of lacquered ivory (22+2) rivet of brass and washer of mother-of-pearl.

Dimensions

length: (guards): 27.4 cm
width:

Period

early 18th Century

Date

circa 1700

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. Briganti, Giuliano (1962) Pietro da Cortona o Della Pittura Barocca, Florence
    [comments: Ref: After the 'Rape of the Sabines' by Pietro da Cortona (1596-1666) painted between 1626 and 1631 and now in the Pinacoteca Capitolina, Rome. Much of the design on the fan has been reversed showing it was probably taken from an engraving, probably by Pietro Aquila (Le Blanc 83, cf no 17 in BM 1962, 246)]
  2. Oretti, Laura (2003) Seducendo con l'arte. La collexione di ventagli dei Civici Musei di Storia ed Arte di Trieste, Trieste: Civici Musei di Storia ed Arte [page: 26-7]
    [comments: Cf. pp. 26-7, no. 1, a fan leaf of c. 1720 decorated with the Rape of the Sabines, thesticks c. 1730]
  3. Bonhams (2009) Costume, Embroideries, Textile, Lace and Fans, London: Bonhams 1793 Limited [page: 12, 23] 28 July 2009)
    [comments: Cf. p. 12, lot 146, an 18th century fan, thought to be French, illustrated p. 23, which has the same subject on one side of the leaf, but entiredly different, and later sticks]

Other Notes

The design is after the 'Rape of the Sabines' by Pietro da Cortona (1596-1666) painted between 1626 and 1631 and now in the Pinacoteca Capitolina, Rome. Much of the design has been reversed showing it was taken from an engraving probably by Pietro Aquila.

Accession Number

M.321-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 117906; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-06-30)

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