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Brisé fan: M.398-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Chinese feather fan with painted goose feather leaves and lower sticks and guards of pierced and carved ivory. The front is decorated with a central garland cartouche within which are colourful designs of birds and flowers. This is flanked by two sets of floral sprays and the whole is bordered with flowers, leaves, birds and bows. The reverse is decorated with blue, green and red flowers. Metal alloy (?) rivet and hoop.


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

Brise composed of feathers ( goose)
Rivet, Loop composed of alloy ( metal)
Sticks, Guards composed of ivory
Guards Height 27.2 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production


References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.398-1985
Primary reference Number: 117982
Old object number: 403
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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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