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Maker/s

Unknown (maker)

Collection

Messel-Rosse Collection

Category

fans

Name

folding fan

Description

Folding fan, single black lace leaf, with black silk insertions painted in bodycolour. Sticks of spliced, smoky-coloured mother-of-pearl decorated with gold and silver; ribs of pierced wood, guards of spliced and smoky-coloured mother-of-pearl, cut, pierced and decorated with silver and gold (16+2). Rivet of iron; washer of mother-of-pearl; loops of brass. Front: Two large shaped insertions are surrounded by bobbin lace, 'Chantilly' type, the left showing a seated young woman, with flowers in her lap, looking in a mirror and diaphanous drapery. The insertion on the right has two, flying, winged putti carrying garlands of flowers and see-through fabrics. The lace has a simple twist réseau ground; half-stitch dominates the decoration and untwisted threads the outline or cordonnet. Back: undecorated. Sticks: the sticks are decorated with two sprays of leaves and flowers. Reverse: undecorated. Guards: the front guards has a flower at the bottom of the guard proper and two flowers with leaves at the left and right edge, partly carved out; the flower and leaf arrangement on the top is partly carved out and pierced. The back guard has three spays of leaves and flowers.

Production Place

France (maker) (country) ()

Europe (maker) (continent)

European (maker) (nationality)

Technique Description

Folding fan, single black lace leaf, with black silk insertions painted in bodycolour. Sticks of spliced smoky coloured mother-of-pearl decorated with gold and silver; ribs of pierced wood, guards of spliced and smoky coloured mother-of-pearl, cut, pierced and decorated with silver and gold (16+2). Rivet of iron; washer of mother-of-pearl; loops of brass

Dimensions

length: (guards): 35.6 cm
width:

Period

early 20th century

Date

after 1900 to 1910

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. (15 May 2001) Eventails IV, Rossini, 7 rue Rossini, Paris [page: 34]
    [comments: Cf. p. 34, lot 203, a white lace fan with a reserve showing a similar woman holding a mirror with a putto similar to the lower one on the this fan below her and to the left. The figure is identified as Venus and the fan is signed 'Silvain'. Date c.1895]

Other Notes

Accession Number

M.341-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 117926; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-05-27)

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