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Brisé fan: M.93-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Ivory brisé fan featuring pierced, rounded finials and gorge and a carved central main body, featuring three cartouches; a small, central monogram cartouche, flanked by two larger medallions with pagoda designs. Above the central cartouche, there is a carved female figure and surrounding the cartouches are carved designs of birds and flowers.
For the European market.


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


Circa 1760 - Circa 1770


An ivory brisé from China, made for the European market, often for weddings or christenings. The central cartouche was finished with a monogram in Europe, where, at that time, many Chinese craftsmen were employed.

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Components of the work

Guards Height 26.1 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production


References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.93-1985
Primary reference Number: 117678
Old catalogue number: DR 12/202
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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