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Brisé fan: M.85-1985

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Wedge-shaped brisé fan with ivory sticks, pierced, painted in red, green, slate blue, brown, black, and gold. Guards: plain ivory painted in brown, red, green and gold, the head strengthened with tortoiseshell. (20+2) Gold stringing. Rivet of brass ?.
Front: The decoration is arranged in four horizontal bands. 1. Geometrical motifs, pierced and painted red, green and gold. 2. A European outdoor scene in which two servants bring a pig or tiger to a pipe-smoking gentleman seated beside a standing gentleman who is extending his arm towards another servant, who carries a stick. On both sides there is a long-tailed exotic bird among flowers and foliage. 3.Three oval panels reserved in a red band, the centre oval is painted with a crab and a fish, the others with stylized plants. 4. Foliage and flowers. The area below the shoulder is undecorated.
Reverse: The same design reversed.
Guards: Prunus sprays


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

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

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


Early 18th Century
Circa 1710 CE - Circa 1720 1720 CE


Chinese for European market, possibly made in China and painted in Holland.

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Components of the work

Rivet: composed of brass (alloy) ( probably) Sticks+guards: composed of paint ( red, green, slate blue, brown, black, gold) ivory Guards: composed of tortoise shell Length 25.6 cm
Stringing: composed of gold Sticks:

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Accession number: M.85-1985
Primary reference Number: 117671
Old catalogue number: DR/12/172
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

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

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