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Brisé fan: M.131-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Sticks of cut, pierced, carved and gilt ivory; guards of pierced and gilt ivory, backed with foil and with profiled gold foil. Ribbon of white kid leather. Rivet of steel, washer of steel. Front: there are three gold bordered cartouches with backgrounds of striations, the middle one of which has a fan leaf segment shape showing a couple with a basket of flowers surrounded by trees and arches with classical columns; there is a bird with open wings on the left and two kissing doves on the right on a pedestal. The flanking lobed cartouches are decorated in the same way, enclosing a dog sitting on a pedestal under three swags and between sprays of leaves. The ribbon zone is decorated with gold rectangles with zigzag lines. On the bottom of each stick there is a leaf and on top there is a gold-bordered semicircle with a half flower. In the background there are two flaming hearts and an arrow between sprays of leaves. Back: undecorated. Guards: both guards are decorated in the same way with a slightly scrolling spray of leaves on top. The whole ornament is bordered by a gold frame.


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: 24.8 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


19th Century, Early#
Circa 1810 - Circa 1820

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Guards composed of foil ( backing) Length 13.8 cm
Ribbon composed of kid leather ( white)
Sticks, Guards composed of gilt ivory
Rivet, Washer composed of steel

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular white paper label printed in red with text round the edge between two concentric circles, surrounding the number hand-written in black

  • Text: 'ROYAL SCOTTISH MUSEUM'\ART & ETHNOGRAPHY' surrounding '75'
  • Location: On the back of the right guard
  • Method of creation: Printed in red and hand-written in black
  • Type: Label

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.131-1985
Primary reference Number: 117716
Old catalogue number: DR 12/193
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 30 June 2022 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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