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Brisé fan: M.96-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Ivory, pierced, carved, painted in bodycolour, silvered and gilt.(24+2) Cream kid ribbon. Steel rivet with mother-of-pearl washers.
Front: In the middle, a circular medallion painted with a European riverside landscape enclosed by an engraved gold frame with a silver suspension loop and bow at the top. The rest of the fan is pierced by fine longtitudinal striations and carved below the ribbon with two oval, two smaller circular and two lozenge-shaped medallions of Chinese scenes amid scrolling flowers and foliage. Above the ribbon there are small panels containing fruit, flowers, birds, butterflies and landscapes and figures.
Reverse: In the middle, a painted arrangement of flowers within a blue wreath.
Guards: Carved with buildings in a landscape.


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


18th Century, Mid
Production date: circa AD 1750


Chinese for the European market; possibly painted in Europe.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Ribbon composed of kid ( cream)
Sticks composed of gilt gouache
Washers composed of mother-of-pearl
Rivet composed of steel
Sticks+guards composed of ivory
Guards Length 18.8 cm

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.96-1985
Primary reference Number: 117681
Old catalogue number: DR 12/203
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 28 February 2022 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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