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Maker/s

Stagni, Francesco (maker)

Collection

Messel-Rosse Collection

Category

fans

Name

folding fan

Description

Trompe l'oeil folding fan, drawn and painted on chicken skin. Sticks and guards are made of ivory and pierced gilt. Dated 1771 on front and back and signed by Francesco Stagni. The design includes a circular vignette with two young boys holding a branch and what looks like a plough. The remainder of the fan is decorated with overlapping drawings, and strings of coloured pearls on a pink diamond trellis background. The overall design gives the impression of a desk scattered with paper. The design on the back includes a drawing of a letter, headed 'Bologna, June 1771', and is signed 'Gaspare Lamar'.

Production Place

Italy (maker) (country)

Italian (maker) (nationality)

Technique Description

Trompe l'oeil folding fan, drawn and painted on chicken skin. Sticks and guards are made of ivory and pierced gilt

Dimensions

length: (guards): 28.4 cm
width: (whole): 52.0 cm

Period

3rd quarter 18th Century

Date

1771

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

Documentation

  1. Crommelin, Rosemary A Flutter of Fans, [page: 36-37]
    Source title: Holly Leaves (December 1963)
    [comments: Publ. Illustration of the fan on p.37.]

Other Notes

Accession Number

M.2-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 117588; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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