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Brisé fan: M.378-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Wood sticks and guards lacquered black, and decorated in red and two shades of gold lacquer (19+2). Red silk ribbon. Metal rivet.
Front and Reverse: In a fan-shaped panel, Chinese figures on a diapered background surrounded by a scrolled frame.
On the head, scrolls on a diapered background. Above the ribbon arched panels containing single figures of men and women in interior settings. In the centre of each side there is a plain black oval panel.
Guards: On the fronts a floral design in gold and red on a diapered ground; on the back a different floral design in gold on a diapered ground.


History note: Colonel Leonard C. Messel (1872-1953); 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, second quarter#
Circa 1820 CE - Circa 1840 CE


Chinese for European market

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Sticks+guards composed of lacquer ( black, red, gold) wood
Ribbon composed of silk ( red)
Rivet composed of metal
Guards Length 19.8 cm

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.378-1985
Primary reference Number: 117962
Old catalogue number: DR 11/170
Old object number: 307
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 24 November 2021 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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