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Maker(s) &
Production:

Unknown, maker, France

Collection:

Messel-Rosse Collection

Category:

fans

Name:

folding fan

Date:

circa 1778 1780

Period(s):

4th quarter 18th century; Louis XVI

Description:

Double leaf of cream silk, painted in bodycolour and decorated with gold and silver tambour work, red, gold and greenish-blue sequins and depressed beads some embroidered and some stuck on, and appliqued with red, silver and puce metal foil. Gold paper binding on the upper edge. Sticks and guards of mother-of-pearl (12+2), pierced, silvered, gilt, and set with red, green and gold depressed beads; the guards backed by irridescent pink shell. Rivet set with clear pastes. Front: In the middle beneath a drape and swags of flowers, a lady sits at an embroidery frame accompanied by a lap dog on a low stool. The dog is looking up at a gentleman who approaches from the left, holding a cane in his right hand. Further to the left there is a chair beside a dressing table with a draped mirror and boxes on it. On the right, a lady plays a harpsichord. The scene is flanked by vases of flowers and there are borders of wavy lines of sequins and depressed beads. Reverse: Border of blue scrolls and red and green floral sprays. Sticks: A man playing a lute, flanked by ladies, a boy playing a recorder and putti, flowers and scrolls. Guards: A torch and a quiver of arrows, a seated girl holding a handkerchief, and a putto holding a torch.

Technique(s):

painting; leaf
decoration (process); leaf
embroidering; leaf
appliqué; leaf
binding; leaf
piercing; sticks+guards
silvering; sticks+guards
gilding; sticks+guards
environments (object groupings); sticks+guards
backing (textile); guards

Material(s):

silk; leaf; cream
bodycolour; leaf
tambour work; leaf; gold and silver
sequins; leaf; red, gold, green-blue
beads; leaf; depressed
foil; leaf; red, silver and puce
paper; leaf; gold
mother-of-pearl; sticks+guards
gilt; sticks+guards
beads; sticks+guards; depressed: red, green, and gold
shell; guards; irridescent pink

Technique
Description:

Double leaf of cream silk, painted in bodycolour and decorated with gold and silver tambour work, red, gold and greenish-blue sequins and depressed beads some embroidered and some stuck on, and appliqued with red, silver and puce metal foil. Gold paper binding on the upper edge. Sticks and guards of mother-of-pearl (12+2), pierced, silvered, gilt, and set with red, green and gold depressed beads; the guards backed by irridescent pink shell. Rivet set with clear pastes.

Dimension(s):

length, guards, 27.7, cm
width

Acquisition:

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

Provenance:

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

Associated
Person(s):

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

Acquisition Credit:

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

Alternative
Number(s):

old catalogue number; DR 30 /401; Messel-Rosse Collection

Documentation:

Armstrong, Nancy. 1985. Fans from the Fitzwilliam. A Selection from the Messel-Rosse Collection.Cambridge (Cambs.): Fitzwilliam Museum Enterprises Ltdp. pl.18 & 19
Publ., pl. 18, detail pl. 19

Accession:

Object Number: M.331-1985
(Applied Arts)
(record id: 117916; input: 2004-12-07; modified: 2017-01-04)

Permanent
Identifier:

http://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/117916





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