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Unknown (maker)


Messel-Rosse Collection




screen fan
miniature screen fan


Miniature screen fan, decorated obverse: with the sun and moon in clouds over conventional waves and rocks; reverse: with conventional Polaris constellation over conventional waves. Stick: iron, split and bound with iron wire with silver ferrule. Face: iron, chased in low relief, with gold and silver overlay.

Production Place

Japan (maker) (country)

Japanese (maker) (nationality)

Technique Description

Stick: iron, split and bound with iron wire with silver ferrule. Face: iron, chased in low relief, with gold and silver overlay


height: (whole): 25.7 cm
width: (whole): 8.6 cm


late 19th Century


after 1870 to 1900


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


  1. Armstrong, Nancy (1974) A Collector's History of Fans, London: London Studio Vista
    [comments: Ill., see pl.8.]
  2. G.B. Hughes Fans, Exotic and Rare, London [page: 252]
    Source title: Country Life (28 March 1963)
    [comments: Ill., see p. 252, fig.3, left.]
  3. Crommelin, Rosemary A Flutter of Fans, [page: 36-37]
    Source title: Holly Leaves (December 1963)
    [comments: Ill., p.37, right.]
  4. Gostelow, Mary (1976) The Fan, Dublin: Gill and Macmillan [page: 26] 1976)
  5. Hutt, Julia & Alexander, Helene (1992) Ogi, A History of the Japanese Fan, London: Dauphin Publishing Limited [page: 48]
    [comments: Ill., see p.48, n.10. Dated to the 17th century.]

Other Notes

This fan was possibly made for the Boy's Festival (5th day of the 5th month).

Accession Number

O.24-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 118480; Input Date: 2005-02-24 / Last Edit: 2011-05-04)

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