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Brisé fan: M.67-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Horn sticks and guards (21+2) with ends shaped to resemble crocketed pinnacles, pierced, painted in bodycolour, gilt and set with cut steels. Cream silk ribbon. Steel rivet and washers. Front: below the ribbon there are seven Gothic arches, the 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th ornamented in gold with touches of blue and white. The 2nd, and 6th are painted en grisaille with a blue background, and the fourth en grisaille with a purple background, with three of La Fontaine's fables: 'The Cock and the Pearl', 'The Milkmaid and the Pot of Milk', and 'The Wolf and the Stork'. The spandrels between the arches are decorated with quatrefoil flowers and scrolling foliage. Below the panels there is a band of pierced stylized plants. Above the ribbon, the pinnacles are pierced by stylized plants and set with cut steels. Back: undecorated. Guards: pierced with stylized plants and bordered by cut steels.


History note: Colonel Leonard C. Messel (1872-1953); his daughter 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

Measurements and weight

Width: 33.0 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


19th Century, Early#
Production date: circa AD 1820

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Ribbon composed of silk ( cream)
Sticks And Guards composed of steel ( cut) bodycolour gilt horn
Guards Length 17.5 cm
Stick And Guards
Sticksand Guards

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.67-1985
Primary reference Number: 117653
Old catalogue number: DR 4/42
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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