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Maker/s

Unknown (maker)

Collection

Messel-Rosse Collection

Category

fans

Name

folding fan

School/Style

Rococo

Description

Folding fan, double leaf of cream silk, decorated with painting, applied fabric and mother-of-pearl, gold tambour work and red, green and gold sequins. Sticks and guards of ivory, carved, pierced, silvered and gilt (13+2) rivet with one pearl washer. In the centre of the leaf a pseudo classical scene: a seated woman, a standing warrior with a shield, and a seated warrior with a shield and a spear. To the left, a military trophy, a putto and a vase of flowers amid scrolls and flowers; to the right, a flying putto, an oval portrait of a helmeted female and scrolls of flowers. The edges are painted with red scrolls and blue striations. The upper edge has a gold binding and the other sides are edged with gold. The design is outlined in colour on the back of the leaf. The carving of the sticks and guards incorporates, a standing oriental warrior, a standing Roman warrior, a seated warrior, a seated woman, a couple accompanied by a standing warrior putto and a flying putto, female and male portrait medallions, military trophies and pairs of putti with flaming urns.

Production Notes

The decoration suggests that this was possibly a Marriage fan.

Production Place

France (maker) (country)

French (maker) (nationality)

Technique Description

Double leaf of cream silk, decorated with painting, applied fabric and mother-of-pearl, gold tambour work and red, green and gold sequins. Sticks and guards of ivory, carved, pierced, silvered and gilt (13+2) rivet with one pearl washer.

Dimensions

length: (guards): 25.9 cm
width: (leaf): 49 cm

Period

mid 18th Century
Louis XV

Date

circa 1750 to 1760

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. 9]

Other Notes

Accession Number

M.329-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 117914; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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