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Brisé fan: M.380-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Black lacquered wooden brisé fan. Front and reverse sticks (19+2) show painted Chinese genre scenes. Stick phinials are decorated with gold lacquer reliefs of alternating animals and floral sprays. The inner guards are also detailed in gold relief, with chinese dragons; the outer guards decorated with painted dragons of red and gold. Red, silk ribbon. Metal rivet? The lower sticks (gorge) are decorated in gold lacquer.


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


19th Century, second quarter#
Production date: circa AD 1820


Cantonese, for the export market.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Ribbon composed of silk
Rivet composed of metal
Guards Height 19.6 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production


References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.380-1985
Primary reference Number: 117964
Old catalogue number: DR 12/177
Old object number: 313
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 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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