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Applied Faces Fan


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Title/s

Applied Faces Fan

Maker/s

Unknown (maker)

Collection

Messel-Rosse Collection

Category

fans

Name

folding fan

Description

Double paper leaf, painted in water-colours, the front also appliqued with painted ivory and coloured silks. Gold paper binding on upper edge. Sticks and guards of silver-gilt filigree decorated with cloisonne enamels (17+2), the guards overlaid with silver-gilt plaques, chased(?) in low relief. Brass(?) rivet. Front: Twenty-four Chinese men, women and children in indoor and outdoor settings. Their faces are of applied, painted ivory and their clothes of silk. Border of flowers, fruit, vegetables and butterflies on a silver background Back: An exotic pheasant and hen amid flowers and foliage on a silver background. Border of flowers, fruit, vegetables and butterflies on a pale geen background. Sticks: Filigree of adjacent whirls, enamelled in green and blue with three groups of buildings and trees on islands, two boats, birds and butterflies. Above the head, a flower and leaf on each stick forming a curved row when the fan is open. Guards: Filigree of adjacent whirls enamelled in blue and green with a floral spray, overlaid on the front by a shaped panel decorated in low relief with figures, buildings, trees and flowers.

Production Notes

Made for the European export market, probably Spain or Portugal.

Production Place

Macao (maker) (place)

China (maker) (country)

Chinese (maker) (nationality)

Technique Description

Double paper leaf, painted in water-colours, the front also appliqued with painted ivory and coloured silks. Gold paper binding on upper edge. Sticks and guards of silver-gilt filigree decorated with cloisonne enamel (17+2), the guards overlaid with silver-gilt plaques, chased(?) in low relief. Brass(?) rivet.

Dimensions

length: (guards): 28.1 cm
width:

Period

mid 19th century

Date

circa 1850

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

Other Notes

Fans of this type were bought by weight.

Accession Number

M.361-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 117945; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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