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Brisé fan: M.73-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Unknown (Maker)


Brisé fan, sticks and guards of machine cut horn, painted in bodycolour (20+2) Ribbon of cream coloured silk. Iron rivet and washers. Front: five heart shaped medallions are surrounded by sprays of flowers; from left to right the fan depicts a man standing between trees, a classical ruin with columns and a tree, an arch, two people and a tree, a house and a tree and lastly a tree. Below this there is a blue flower on each stick and fine scrolling gold foliage and below, sits a row of small flowers. Over the ribbon there are flowers in scrolling gold leaves and there is a row of flowers on the bottom. Back: undecorated. Guards: Slightly scrolling foliage.


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: 28.3 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


Early 19th Century
Circa 1810 CE - Circa 1815 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Ribbon composed of silk ( cream) Sticks+guards composed of bodycolour horn Rivet+washers composed of steel Guards Length 15.4 cm

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.73-1985
Primary reference Number: 117659
Old catalogue number: DR 3/37
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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