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Coronation of Maria de'Medici


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Title/s

Coronation of Maria de'Medici

Maker/s

Unknown (maker)

Collection

Messel-Rosse Collection

Category

fans

Name

folding fan

Description

Single kid leaf painted in bodycolour and gold with the Coronation of Maria de'Medici after Rubens; ivory sticks and guards inlaid with mother-of-pearl and silver piqué point.

Single leaf of kid, painted in polychrome bodycolour with remnants of gilding on the lower edge. Sticks of ivory, pierced, carved, inlaid with etched/engraved mother-of-pearl plaques edged by silver piqué point. Guards inlaid with etched mother-of-pearl and silver piqué point, the head strengthened with mother-of-pearls. Rivet set with a pink paste. Front: painted overall with the Coronation of Maria de'Medici after Rubens. Reverse: undecorated. Sticks: pierced with a diaper pattern and carved with a, lady and gentleman seated on either side of the central motif: an oval mother-of-pearl plaque etched with a gentleman offering a heart to a seated lady. Arranged symmetrically above and on either side there are five stars, a crescent, fur diamonds, two ovals, two circular and two heart shapes, four bees and two baskets of fruit of etched mother-of-pearl, all outlined in silver piqué point. Guards: inlaid with flowers, foliage and a bird etched mother-0of-pearl framed by silver piqué point and having at the top a crown in silver piqué point.

Production Notes

Maria de'Medici (1573-1642) daugher of Francesco I, grand-duke of Tuscany was married to Henri IV of France in 1600. She was crowned in the Basilica of Saint Denis on 13 May 1610, the day before her husband's assassination. Sir Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) painted the series of twenty-four paintings known as the Medici Cycle between 1622-25 for the palais du Luxembourg. it is now in the Louvre. The fan was probably based on an engraving by Jean Audran (1667-1756) published in 1710.

Production Place

Italy (maker) (country)

France, (maker) (country)

Italian (maker) (nationality)

French (maker) (nationality)

Technique Description

Folding fan, single leaf of kid, painted in bodycolour with remnants of gilding on the lower edge. Sticks of ivory, pierced, carved, inlaid with etched/engraved mother-of-pearl plaques edged by silver piqué point. Guards inlaid with etched mother-of-pearl and silver piqué point, the head strengthened with mother-of-pearls. Rivet set with a pink paste

Dimensions

length: (guards): 29.3 cm
width: (whole): 52 cm

Period

early 18th Century

Date

circa 1700 to 1720

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

Other Notes

Maria de Medici (1573-1642) was born in Florence, the daughter of Francis de Medici, grand duke of Tuscany, and Joanna, an Austrian Archduchess. She married Henry IV of France in 1600 and became queen consort. Her children included her eldest son, who became Louis XIII, Gaston duke of Orleans, Elizabeth queen of Spain, Christine duchess of Savoy and Henrietta Maria queen of England. She became queen regent of France upon the murder of Henry IV in 1610.

Accession Number

M.20-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 117606; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-05-27)

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