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Maker/s

Unknown (maker)

Collection

Messel-Rosse Collection

Category

fans

Name

folding fan

Description

Folding fan, double leaf chickenskin, painted in bodycolour. Sticks, Ivory, fretted, silvered, gilt and inlaid with steel sequins. Ivory guards, silvered, gilt, set with steel sequins, cut steels, Essex crystal glass and red gold plaques. (14+2) Rivet set with clear pastes. Front: a central oval frame containing a view of the Coliseum in Rome, flanked by smaller views of the Arch of Trajan and a Temple from the Forum Romanum in circular frames, reserved in a white ground decorated with grotesques and having borders of red foliate motifs above and below. The upper edge has a pale green border decorated with a scarlet line entwined with slender green ribbon. Sticks: of two designs, fretted and pierced, the latter set with steel sequins. Guards: below the shoulder, inlaid with steel sequins and silver and gold trophies; above the shoulder, set with steel sequins and cut steels and inset with a carved ivory scene with a blue background under Essex crystal/glass within a red gold/copper frame. Below the scene the left guard has a pointed red gold plaque engraved with a tulip and above, an oval plaque engraved with a flower, a treble clef and the words 'Vous/Sa/vez'.

Production Place

Rome (maker) (place)

Italy (maker) (country)

Italian (maker) (nationality)

Technique Description

Folding fan, double leaf chickenskin, painted in bodycolour. Sticks, Ivory, fretted, silvered, gilt and inlaid with steel sequins. Ivory guards, silvered, gilt, set with steel sequins, cut steels, Essex crystal/glass and red gold plaques. (14+2) Rivet set with clear pastes

Dimensions

length: (guards): 28.0 cm
width: (whole): 50.0 cm

Period

4th quarter 18th century

Date

circa 1780

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. Hamlett, Lydia (2007) From Reason to Revolution, Art and Society in Eighteenth-Century Britain, Cambridge (Cambs.): The Fitzwilliam Museum
    [comments: Publ. pl. 5]

Other Notes

Accession Number

M.18-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 117604; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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