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Brisé fan: M.376-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Wooden brisé fan with black lacquered sticks and guards. The front shows a painted scene of musicians and spectators in traditional chinese dress. The reverse is decorated, in gold lacquer, with a repeating tortoiseshell motif, surrounding a central landscape scene: the scene shows a riverbank with a fisherman on one bank, watched by another figure on the opposite bank; behind them are several buildings, including a pagoda and a bridge across the river with a figure on the bridge.
The sticks and guards (22+2) are also decorated with repeating motifs, painted in gold lacquer. Red, silk ribbon and metal rivet.


History note: Colonel Leonard C. Messel (1872-1953); Anne, Countess of Rosse (1902-92)

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
Production date: circa AD 1790


Cantonese, for the export market.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Ribbon composed of silk ( red)
Rivet composed of metal
Guards Height 22.8 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production


References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.376-1985
Primary reference Number: 117960
Old catalogue number: DR 12/178
Old object number: 305
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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