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Maker/s

Unknown (maker)

Collection

Messel-Rosse Collection

Category

fans

Name

folding fan

Description

Double leaf of cream silk, painted in bodycolour and decorated with gold and silver tambour work, red, gold and greenish-blue sequins and depressed beads some embroidered and some stuck on, and appliqued with red, silver and puce metal foil. Gold paper binding on the upper edge. Sticks and guards of mother-of-pearl (12+2), pierced, silvered, gilt, and set with red, green and gold depressed beads; the guards backed by irridescent pink shell. Rivet set with clear pastes. Front: In the middle beneath a drape and swags of flowers, a lady sits at an embroidery frame accompanied by a lap dog on a low stool. The dog is looking up at a gentleman who approaches from the left, holding a cane in his right hand. Further to the left there is a chair beside a dressing table with a draped mirror and boxes on it. On the right, a lady plays a harpsichord. The scene is flanked by vases of flowers and there are borders of wavy lines of sequins and depressed beads. Reverse: Border of blue scrolls and red and green floral sprays. Sticks: A man playing a lute, flanked by ladies, a boy playing a recorder and putti, flowers and scrolls. Guards: A torch and a quiver of arrows, a seated girl holding a handkerchief, and a putto holding a torch.

Production Place

France, (maker) (country)

French (maker) (nationality)

Technique Description

Double leaf of cream silk, painted in bodycolour and decorated with gold and silver tambour work, red, gold and greenish-blue sequins and depressed beads some embroidered and some stuck on, and appliqued with red, silver and puce metal foil. Gold paper binding on the upper edge. Sticks and guards of mother-of-pearl (12+2), pierced, silvered, gilt, and set with red, green and gold depressed beads; the guards backed by irridescent pink shell. Rivet set with clear pastes.

Dimensions

length: (guards): 27.7 cm
width:

Period

4th quarter 18th century
Louis XVI

Date

circa 1778 to 1780

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 [page: pl.18 & 19]
    [comments: Publ., pl. 18, detail pl. 19]

Other Notes

Accession Number

M.331-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 117916; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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