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Brisé fan: M.86-1985

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Ivory sticks, pierced, painted in bodycolour and gilt. Ivory guards painted in bodycolour and gilt. (20+2) Gold stringing. Black rivet with green washers.
Front: Reserved in a pierced square trellis design, is a circular panel with a black frame, containing a Chinese family in a garden: a man with a dog and a woman holding a baby in her arms. On each side of the panel there are arrangements of flowers and fruit and a flying bird and insect. Above there is a red border with black floral ornament and below a green border with delicate black scroll ornament. The area below the shoulder is undecorated.
Reverse: The same design reversed.
Guards: Plain ivory decorated with a gold dragon and red bands above and below.


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


Late 17th Century
Circa 1680 - Circa 1720


Chinese for European market

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Sticks+guards composed of bodycolour gilt ivory Stringing composed of gold Guards Length 24.4 cm

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.86-1985
Primary reference Number: 117672
Old catalogue number: DR 28/180
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 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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