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Brisé fan: M.381-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Wood sticks and guards with rounded ends, lacquered black and decorated in red, silver and two shades of gold lacquer. (21 originally 22 + 2). Brown silk ribbon. Brass ? rivet and washers.
Front: In a fan-shaped panel with paired leaf borders, a Chinese genre scene of men and women in a garden. Below the shoulder, there is a floral design and above the ribbon
a bird on each stick and the guards.
Back: Similar but a different genre scene in which two boats approach an island.
Guards: The fronts have a central area dotted in red.


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


Production date: circa AD 1840


Chinese for European market

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Sticks+guards composed of lacquer ( black, red, silver, gold) wood
Ribbon composed of silk ( brown)
Rivet+washers composed of brass (alloy) ( probably)
Guards Length 19.6 cm

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.381-1985
Primary reference Number: 117965
Old object number: 314
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 24 November 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 24 November 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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