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(The Taking of the Bastille)


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Translated title

The Taking of the Bastille

Maker/s

Unknown (maker)

Collection

Messel-Rosse Collection

Category

fans

Name

folding fan

Description

Folding fan, double paper leaf, printed in black, painted in watercolours and gilt. The Taking of the Bastille titled 'Prise de la Bastille par les bourgeois et les braves Gardes Françaises de la bonne Ville de Paris, le 14 Juillet 1789. Dediée a la nation'. On the extreme left and right, six verses of a song to the 'Air la Bequille a barnaba', numbered 1 to 6, and flanking the central scene, captions for the numerals on it:' Mr. de Launay pris par le Grenadier et le Compon Horloger', 'Pavillon blanc', 'Maison de Mr Launay', 'Les Cuisines', 'premier pont-levi', 'grand pont levi'. Sticks and guards of pallisander wood (14+2), the guards are edged with bone and strengthened with bone at the rivet, which is made of steel. On the reverse, a small, green and red floral spray in the centre.

Production Place

France, (maker) (country)

French (maker) (nationality)

Technique Description

Folding fan, double paper leaf, printed in black, painted in watercolours and gilt. Sticks and guards of pallisander wood (14+2), the guards are edged with bone and strengthened with bone at the rivet, which is made of steel.

Dimensions

length: (guards): 27.9 cm
width:

Period

4th quarter 18th century
Louis XVI

Date

circa 1789

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. ed. Munro, Jane & Scrase, David (1989) Paris, City of Revolution, [page: 123]
    [comments: Publ., p. 123, no. 5]
  2. Hamlett, Lydia (2007) From Reason to Revolution, Art and Society in Eighteenth-Century Britain, Cambridge (Cambs.): The Fitzwilliam Museum
    [comments: Ref. for exhibition; not illustrated or discussed]

Other Notes

Accession Number

M.334-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 117919; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-05-03)

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