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Maker:

Unknown; maker

Collection:

Messel-Rosse Collection

Category:

fans

Name:

brisé fan

Date:

circa 1800 circa 1820

Period(s):

early 19th Century; Napoleon I or Louis XVIII

Description:

Brisé fan, sticks of finely pierced, painted and gilt ivory; guards of finely pierced and gilt ivory (20+2). Ribbon of cream coloured textile. Rivet of gilt metal, washer of stamped gilt metal. Front: there are three circular, gold bordered medallions, the middle of which is surrounded by a blue trapezoid shaped ribbon with a gold fern-like border; the central scene has a village beside a lake with mountains in the background and two big trees on the bank; a road with groups of people winds towards the village. On each side there is a circular medallion painted in grisaille with figures in classical dress; on the left a woman sitting at tables and a man with a helmet; on the right a standing woman. The sticks and guards are shaped to resemble Gothic pinnacles and pierced to resemble lace. On the ribbon zone there are gold quatrefoils. On each stick there is a small, circular medallion painted in grisaille on a green, purple background to resemble cameos. Guards: Both decorated in the same way: flowers on the bottom, a diapered lozenge, flowers, a triangle, a net pattern and a gold flower decoration on top.

Production
Place (legacy):

France,, maker, country
French, maker, nationality

Technique(s):

piercing; sticks+guards
painting; sticks
weaving; ribbon
stamping (forming); washer

Material(s):

ivory; sticks+guards
bodycolour; sticks+guards; probably
silk; ribbon; probably
metal; rivet+washer; gilt

Technique
Description:

Brisé fan, sticks of finely pierced, painted and gilt ivory; guards of finely pierced and gilt ivory (20+2). Ribbon of cream coloured textile. Rivet of gilt metal, washer of stamped gilt metal.

Dimension(s):

length, guards, 18.8, cm
width

Acquisition:

bought; 1985-01-28; Anne, Countess of Rosse

Provenance:

Colonel Leonard C. Messel (1872-1953); his daughter Anne, Countess of Rosse (1902-1992)

Associated
Person(s):

Messel, Leonard; owner
Anne, Countess of Rosse; owner

Acquisition Credit:

Purchased with a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and a gift from The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Inscription:

label; printing black ink; 'ROYAL SCOTTISH ART AND ETHNOGRAHY MUSEUM' and '18'; loan label

Alternative
Number:

old catalogue number; DR 4/53; Messel-Rosse Collection; 1985

Documentation:

Thornton, Peter K.. Une des plus belles collections d'eventails du monde.
Source Title: Connaissance des Arts No. 134 (April-1963) : 94-99
p. 97
Publ. p. 97, no. 5

Accession:

Object Number: M.108-1985
(Applied Arts)
(record id: 117693; input: 2004-12-07; modified: 2012-09-20)

Permanent
Identifier:

http://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/117693





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