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Maker/s

Unknown (maker)

Collection

Messel-Rosse Collection

Category

fans

Name

folding fan

Description

Double paper leaf, painted in bodycolour and appliqued with painted ivory and coloured silks. Shaped wood sticks and guards (14+2), lacquered red, brown, green, maroon and silver, with decoration in two shades of gold. Gilt metal loop with pale green silk cord and knot from which are suspended two white beads and two tassels, buff and maroon. Front: Thirty Chinese men and women in indoor and outdoor settings. Their faces are of applied painted ivory and their clothes of silk. Border of fish, bats, Buddhist symbols and flowers on a blue ground. Back: Main field as front, but different groups and settings. Border of fish, bats, Buddhist symbols and flowers on a silver ground. Sticks and Guards: Sticks of alternating colours, the guards red, all painted with flowers and two figures; in addition the upper part of the guards has two figures by a building with flowers above.

Production Notes

Chinese for European market

Production Place

Canton (maker) (place)

China (maker) (country)

Chinese (maker) (nationality)

Technique Description

Double paper leaf, painted in bodycolour and appliqued with painted ivory and coloured silks. Shaped wood sticks and guards (14+2), lacquered red, brown, green, maroon and silver, with decoration in two shades of gold. Gilt metal loop with pale green silk cord and knot from which are suspended two white beads and two tassels, buff and maroon.

Dimensions

length: (guards): 28.3 cm
width:

Period

mid 19th century

Date

circa 1840 to 1850

Provenance

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

Colonel Leonard C. Messel (1872-1953); 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. Irons, Neville John (1982) Fans of Imperial China, Hong Kong: Keiserrieich Kunst (Hong Kong) Limited [page: 152-175]
    Source title: The Oriental Art Series (1982)
    [comments: Ref: illustrations and background information on Mandarin fans from 19th century China.]

Other Notes

Accession Number

M.364-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 117948; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-05-27)

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