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Brisé fan: M.111-1985

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 34 (Fan Gallery)


Maker: Unknown




Sticks of cut and pierced ivory, painted in polychrome and decorated with feathers and painted applications. Guards cut, pierced and carved ivory (25+2). Ribbon of white silk; rivet set with clear circular, cut pastes. Front: below the ribbon, the fan is decorated in nine rows of different pierced patterns, bordered by rows of dots. The painted area above the ribbon has a bird sitting on sprays of roses in the centre, bordered by alternating butterflies and birds amid sprays of flowers. Back: undecorated. Guards: Both guards have similar pierced decoration with a snowflake motif near the 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

Measurements and weight

Width: 30.5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1985-01-28) by Countess of Rosse, Anne


19th Century, Early#
Circa 1820 - Circa 1830


Made in China but decorated in the Netherlands

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Rivet composed of pastes ( clear)
Sticks composed of bodycolour ( probably) feathers applied decoration
Ribbon composed of silk ( white)
Sticks+guards composed of ivory
Guards Length 17.1 cm

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular paper

  • Text: 106327/o/-/ Chinese
  • Location: On back of last stick when looking at fan from the front
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in faded black ink
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.111-1985
Primary reference Number: 117696
Old catalogue number: DR 3/41 on fan
Old catalogue number: DR 12/195
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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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