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Brisé fan: M.400-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Goose feather fan; edges probably tipped with marabou down; the front decorated with painted gold fruit, flowers and leaves; the reverse is undecorated. The lower sticks (gorge) and guards are sandalwood, decorated on the front sticks and outer guards only with a painted clear and gold lacquer design. Brass alloy (?) rivet.


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.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Sticks, Guards composed of lacquer ( clear, gold) sandalwood
Leaf composed of feathers ( goose) down ( marabou, probably)
Rivet composed of brass (alloy)
Guards Height 30.2 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production


References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.400-1985
Primary reference Number: 117984
Old object number: 405
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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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