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Screen fan: O.27-1985

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 34 (Fan Gallery)


Maker: Unknown




Applied mounts decorated with (in ascending order): 1) lattice pattern, 2) Squirrel on vine, 3) Fan shape with pavilion and pagoda, 4) Scrolling with monster masks, 5) ruyi with scrolling. Pins in the form of prunus flowers. Stick: blond hardwood, with turned ivory. Applied mounts: (1-3) single piece of ivory carved and pierced. 5) Pressed horn. Centre stick: front' including mount (4), ivory, carved with traces of blue pigment; reverse: stripy grained hardwood. Pins: silver (tarnished). Rim: cane, covered in brown ochre fabric. Face: palm leaves, varnished (frayed and broken). Inscribed in ink in Chinese characters on the reverse: San ide er go chi (no. 2 of the three virtues).


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

Measurements and weight

Width: 31.6 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1985-01-28) by Countess of Rosse, Anne


Early 19th Century
After 1801 - Before 1830

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Stick composed of hardwood ( blond+grained) pressed horn ivory
Face composed of palm leaves Chinese ink
Guards Height 48.9 cm

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Identification numbers

Accession number: O.27-1985
Primary reference Number: 118435
Old object number: 416
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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

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