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Brisé fan: M.108-1985

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Brisé fan, sticks of finely pierced, painted and gilt ivory; guards of finely pierced and gilt ivory (20+2). Ribbon of cream coloured textile. Rivet of gilt metal, washer of stamped gilt metal. Front: there are three circular, gold bordered medallions, the middle of which is surrounded by a blue trapezoid shaped ribbon with a gold fern-like border; the central scene has a village beside a lake with mountains in the background and two big trees on the bank; a road with groups of people winds towards the village. On each side there is a circular medallion painted in grisaille with figures in classical dress; on the left a woman sitting at tables and a man with a helmet; on the right a standing woman. The sticks and guards are shaped to resemble Gothic pinnacles and pierced to resemble lace. On the ribbon zone there are gold quatrefoils. On each stick there is a small, circular medallion painted in grisaille on a green, purple background to resemble cameos. Guards: Both decorated in the same way: flowers on the bottom, a diapered lozenge, flowers, a triangle, a net pattern and a gold flower decoration on top.


History note: Colonel Leonard C. Messel (1872-1953); his daughter 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


Early 19th Century
Napoleon I or Louis XVIII
Circa 1800 - Circa 1820

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Rivet+washer composed of metal ( gilt) Sticks+guards composed of bodycolour ( probably) ivory Ribbon composed of silk ( probably) Guards Length 18.8 cm
Sticks Washer

Inscription or legends present

  • Method of creation: Printing black ink
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.108-1985
Primary reference Number: 117693
Old catalogue number: DR 4/53
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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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