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(Folding 'Applied Faces' fan)

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Translated title

Folding 'Applied Faces' fan


Unknown (maker)


Messel-Rosse Collection




folding fan


Double paper leaf 'applied faces' folding fan with pierced sticks and carved guards, bronze (?) loop, triple silk tassel and, unusually, a paste rivet, probably applied in Europe.

Production Notes

A very fine, late example of an 'Applied faces' fan.

Production Place

Canton (maker) (place)

China (maker) (country)

Chinese (maker) (nationality)


height: (guards): 27.8 cm


mid 19th century


circa 1850


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


  1. Armstrong, Nancy Fans for All Seasons, [page: 40-45]
    Source title: Reader's Digest (June 1985)
    [comments: Partially ill. p. 42.]

Other Notes

Accession Number

M.362-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 117946; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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