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Folding fan: M.364-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Double paper leaf, painted in bodycolour and appliqued with painted ivory and coloured silks. Shaped wood sticks and guards (14+2), lacquered red, brown, green, maroon and silver, with decoration in two shades of gold. Gilt metal loop with pale green silk cord and knot from which are suspended two white beads and two tassels, buff and maroon.
Front: Thirty Chinese men and women in indoor and outdoor settings. Their faces are of applied painted ivory and their clothes of silk. Border of fish, bats, Buddhist symbols and flowers on a blue ground.
Back: Main field as front, but different groups and settings. Border of fish, bats, Buddhist symbols and flowers on a silver ground.
Sticks and Guards: Sticks of alternating colours, the guards red, all painted with flowers and two figures; in addition the upper part of the guards has two figures by a building with flowers above.


History note: Colonel Leonard C. Messel (1872-1953); Anne, Countess of Rosse (1902-1992)

Legal notes

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

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1985-01-28) by Countess of Rosse, Anne


Mid 19th century
Circa 1840 - Circa 1850


Chinese for European market

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Appliqué composed of silk ( coloured) ivory ( painted)
Leaf composed of bodycolour
Cord composed of silk
Lacquer composed of red, brown, green, maroon, silver
Sticks+guards composed of woods
Guards Length 28.3 cm

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.364-1985
Primary reference Number: 117948
Old object number: 300
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 8 December 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 8 December 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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