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Unknown (maker)


Messel-Rosse Collection




folding fan


Double paper leaf 'Applied faces' fan with sticks and guards of engraved mother-of-pearl. Double paper leaf: the front shows a crowd of people in the scene, with clothes of woven silk applied to the paper background and faces of painted, applied ivory. Reverse: all of the people are male only. Sticks and guards of engraved mother-of-pearl (14+2); loop and double, silk (?) tassel.

Production Notes

Chinese, probably for the European export market.

Production Place

Canton (maker) (place)

China (maker) (country)

Chinese (maker) (nationality)


height: (guards): 28.4 cm


mid 19th century


circa 1820 to 1860


bought: Anne, Countess of Rosse 1985-01-28 (Filtered for: Applied Arts collection)

Colonel Leonard C. Messel (1872-1953); Anne, Countess of Rosse (1902-92)

Purchased with a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and a gift from The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Other Notes

No two 'Applied faces' fans are exactly alike.

Accession Number

M.360-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 117944; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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