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Brisé fan: M.114-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Brisé fan, sticks of cut, pierced and carved ivory, painted in oil with applications of humming bird feathers, other feathers, textiles and paper; guards of cut, pierced and carved ivory (26+2). Ribbon of white silk. Rivet set with clear pastes. An indecipherable word is inscribed on the top of the back guards. Front: the fan is decorated with five rows, the middle of which is painted with sprays of roses with applied blossoms, exotic birds of applied feathers and applied pieces of fruit. The two lower rows and the one above have regular patterns, the top row, over the ribbon, has a central medallion with two figures symmetrically flanked by sprays of figures and medallions of flowers. Back: undecorated. Guards: both guards are decorated in the same way and have like the sticks, a Gothic form; they have a floral spray on a fretted background on top, and some decoration underneath.


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


19th Century, Early#
Circa 1820 - Circa 1830

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Sticks composed of feathers ( hummingbird and others) paper appliqué oil paint
Ribbon composed of silk ( white)
Sticks+guards composed of ivory
Guards Length 17.1 cm

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.114-1985
Primary reference Number: 117699
Old catalogue number: DR 5/63
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 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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