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Brisé fan: M.130-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Ivory sticks and guards, pierced and carved (23+2). The left guard is strengthened with a silver plaque. Cream silk ribbon. Brass? rivet with mother-of-pearl washers. Front: Carved with the inscription 'SI VOUS AIMEZ CE QUE L'AIME/VOUS VOUS AIMEREZ VOUS MEME' in two lines; above between and below, pierced striations edged by dotted borders. Reverse: Undecorated. Guards: Carved with tiny flowers and birds on a pierced net ground. On the back, engraved striations, a bird and a flower.


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 - Circa 1820

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Ribbon composed of silk ( cream)
Rivet composed of brass (alloy) ( probably)
Washers composed of mother-of-pearl
Sticks+guards composed of ivory
Guards Length 146 mm

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular printed in red ink

  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.130-1985
Primary reference Number: 117715
Old catalogue number: DR 12/184
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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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