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Brisé fan: M.109-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Brisé fan, Ivory sticks and guards with shaped ends, pierced, painted in bodycolour and appliquéd with feathers and painted fabric (25+2). Cream silk ribbon. Steel rivet with mother-of-pearl washers. Front: painted below the ribbon with a continuous spray of leaves with tiny red flowers, with two rows of piercing above and below. Above the ribbon a wide border of butterflies and birds amidst roses, other flowers, foliage and fruit is painted; the birds and the two butterflies are appliquéd with feathers and painted fabric; the other two butterflies and the flowers heads are appliquéd with painted fabric. Reverse: undecorated.


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


18th Century, Late-19th Century, Early#
Circa 1790 CE - Circa 1810 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Ribbon composed of silk ( cream)
Sticks +guards composed of cloth ( painted) bodycolour feathers ivory
Washers composed of mother-of-pearl
Rivet composed of steel
Guards Length 17.0 cm

Inscription or legends present

  • Method of creation: Printed in red
  • Type: Label

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.109-1985
Primary reference Number: 117694
Old catalogue number: DR 5/62
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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