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Brisé fan: M.87-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Ivory sticks pierced with fishscale design above the shoulder and painted in water-colours and silver. Carved ivory guards. (24+2) Red silk stringing. Iron/steel rivet
Front: Reserved in a pierced fishscale ground is an asymmetrical design of two birds perching on a prunus branch with flying birds on each side. Above the stringing there is a border of silver and green Chinese cloud scroll, and below the pierced area, the same in blue. The area below the shoulder is painted with flowers and foliage.
Reverse: The same design reversed.
Guards: A floral spray is carved out of the surface and at the top a cloud scroll.


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


17th Century, Late
Circa 1680 - Circa 1700


Chinese for European market

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Ribbon composed of silk ( red)
Sticks composed of watercolours
Rivet composed of steel/iron
Sticks+guards composed of ivory
Guards Length 26.1 cm

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.87-1985
Primary reference Number: 117673
Old catalogue number: DR 12/175
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 8 December 2021 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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