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Maker/s

Unknown (maker)

Collection

Messel-Rosse Collection

Category

fans

Name

folding fan

Description

Double paper leaf in two parts, painted in water-colours, the front also appliqued with painted ivory and coloured silks. Gold binding on upper edge. Shaped sticks and guards of enamelled gilt filigree (18+2),the guards overlaid on the front by chased panels, gilt in two colours and also silvered. (Metals to be determined) Front: The upper leaf is painted with sixteen figures of Chinese men, women and children, in outdoor and indoor settings. They have faces of applied painted ivory and clothes of silk. The lower leaf is painted with foreign shipping in a strait or bay. Back: The upper leaf is painted with foreign and Chinese shipping in a strait or bay. The lower leaf has a white ground painted with two birds amid flowers and foliage. Sticks: Stylized floral sprays enamelled in green and blue on a gilt filigree ground. Guards: Similar to the guards, the panels on the front, chased with two figures, two trees and a spray of leaves in low relief.

Production Notes

Chinese, for the export market.

Production Place

Macao (maker) (place)

China (maker) (country)

Chinese (maker) (nationality)

Technique Description

Double paper leaf in two parts, painted in water-colours, the front also appliqued with painted ivory and coloured silks. Gold binding on upper edge. Shaped sticks and guards of enamelled gilt filigree (18+2),the guards overlaid on the front by chased panels, gilt in two colours and also silvered.

Dimensions

length: (guards): 27.7 cm
width:

Period

mid 19th century

Date

circa 1840

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: 168-171]
    Source title: The Oriental Art Series (1982)
    [comments: Ref. illustrations and descriptions of two Chinese, cabriolet fans, both produced in the mid 19th century.]

Other Notes

Accession Number

M.367-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 117951; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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