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Brisé fan: M.399-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Feather fan with brown striated feathers: the front decorated with painted birds, flowers and foliage; the reverse with three rows of flowers and foliage. The lower sticks and guards are ivory, decorated in gold or gilt relief on the tops of the sticks and guards. The guards are also carved, with a dragon and a figure under a pine tree.


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, first half#
Circa 1800 CE - Circa 1850 CE


Cantonese, for the export market.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Leaf composed of feathers
Sticks, Guards composed of gilt ivory
Guards Height 21.5 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production


References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.399-1985
Primary reference Number: 117983
Old object number: 404
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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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