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Brisé fan: M.396-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Chinese feather fan. Fan leaves of goose (?) feathers; the front painted with a central cartouche, decorated with a floral design and flanked with two, large floral sprays; the reverse painted with a butterfly and flower central design, also flanked with two, floral sprays. Both sides are bordered with a delicate fern leaf garland. The lower sticks (gorge) and guards are carved, pierced and gilt and the sticks are decorated with details of cloisonne (?) enamel in blue.


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, Early#
Circa 1815 CE - Circa 1825 CE


Cantonese, for the export market

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Leaf composed of feathers ( goose)
Sticks, Guards composed of gilt copper
Sticks composed of enamel
Guards Height 28.6 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production


References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.396-1985
Primary reference Number: 117980
Old object number: 401
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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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