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Screen fan: O.34-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Applied mounts decorated with (in ascending order) 1) Quatrefoil with lattice; 2) four female figures in a garden setting with a pavilion, 3) scrolls in a cartouche, 4) a scrolling dragon, 5) ruyi head with scrolls; pins in the form of prunus flowers. Stick: light hardwood with ivory finial. Applied mounts and centre stick front; ivory carved and pierced. Top clip: pressed horn. Centre stick, reverse: stripe grained hardwood. Pins: tarnished silver. Rim: cane covered in brown and ochre coarse fabric. Face: palm leaves, varnished, inscribed in ink on the reverse: san ide er 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: 32.6 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


Early 19th Century
After 1801 - Before 1850

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Stick composed of hardwood ( light) ivory
Face composed of palm leaves ink
Clip composed of pressed horn
Pins composed of silver
Guards Height 48.3 cm

Identification numbers

Accession number: O.34-1985
Primary reference Number: 118443
Old object number: 474
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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