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Spenezi, Domenico (?) (maker)


Messel-Rosse Collection




folding fan


Folding fan, double skin leaf painted in watercolours. Sticks carved of ivory; guards of carved ivory (20+2) rivet of amethyst. Signed 'Domenico Spenezi, Napolitano in Roma' (?). Front: Mythological scene with Bacchus, the three maenads, Pan and Jupiter as an eagle. In the centre the child Bacchus is sitting, partly on a goat and partly on an amphora spilling wine. The three bare-breasted Maenads behind him are making music with a tambourine and a triangle with bells; on the left Pan with Satyr ears is sitting under a tree holding his syrinx. On the top right there is an amphora entwined by a vine, two putti and on the ground, Jupiter as an eagle, with vegetation at the right and the left edge of the leaf. There is an indistinct inscription at the top left corner. The edging is of a thin gold foile. Back: Bouquet of roses, tulips and bluebells in the centre; on the left, a single rose, three butterflies and two dragonflies; on the right, three butterflies, three dragonflies and a fly. The white skin leaf serves as a background. Sticks: Finely carved scrolling foliage. Five pairs of sticks show two women amid foliage. Reverse undecorated. Guards: Both guards are carved in the same way with scrolling foliage, a cornucopia, a man, a dolphin and a cockleshell.

Production Place

Rome (maker) (place)

Italy (maker) (country)

Italian (maker) (nationality)

Technique Description

Folding fan, double skin leaf painted in watercolours. Sticks carved of ivory; guards of carved ivory (20+2) rivet of amethyst


length: (guards): 27.0 cm
width: (whole): 43.0 cm


mid 18th Century


circa 1750


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

Other Notes

Accession Number

M.7-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 117593; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-05-31)

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