Aurora and Cephalus
circa 1750 circa 1780
2nd half 18th century
Folding fan. Double chickenskin leaf, painted in bodycolour. Right, left and upper edge gilt. Sticks and guards of pierced and carved ivory (18+2). Rivet set is clear pastes. Front: painted overall with Cephalus and Aurora after the fresco by Annibale and Agostino Carracci (1560-1609) in the Palazzo Farnese in Rome, commissioned by Cardinal Odoardo Farnese (1573-1626) in 1595. reverse: Painted overall with a view of the Tiber and the Ponte Rotto, the ancient Pons Aemilius in Rome. Sticks: three shaped oval cartouches, each containing a chinoiserie scene: a boy holding out a chrysanthemum towards a seated Chinaman holing a pipe, with vases and flowering plants on each side. Guards: below the shoulder, a vase amid scrolls and flowers; above, scrolls, flowers and a Chinaman.
Italy, maker, country
Italian, maker, nationality
bodycolour; leaf; polychrome
Folding fan- aurora and Cephalus. Double chickenskin leaf, painted in bodycolour. Right, left and upper edge gilt. Sticks and guards of pierced and carved ivory (18+2). Rivet set is clear pastes
length, guards, 29.1, cm
width, whole, 48.5, cm
bought; 1985-01-28; Anne, Countess of Rosse
Colonel Leonard C. Messel (1872-1953); his daughter Anne, Countess of Rosse (1902-1992)
Messel, Leonard; owner
Anne, Countess of Rosse; owner
Purchased with a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and a gift from the Friends of the Fitzwilliam
Armstrong, Nancy. 1985. Fans from the Fitzwilliam. A Selection from the Messel-Rosse Collection.Cambridge (Cambs.): Fitzwilliam Museum Enterprises Ltdp. pl. 4
Martin, John Rupert. 1965. The Farnese Gallery.Princeton: p. 103-105
Ref. pp. 103-05, and fig. 59, a reproduction of the fresco in the Palazzo Farnese attributed to Agostino Caracci. The design on the fan is the same way round as the fresco.
Thornton, Peter K.. Une des plus belles collections d'eventails du monde.
Source Title: Connaissance des Arts No. 134 (April-1963) : 94-99
Publ. p. 99, 11, dated to c. 1760-80
Object Number: M.6-1985
(record id: 117592; input: 2004-12-07; modified: 2012-09-20)