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Brisé fan: O.1 & A-1994

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Production: uncertain




Brisé fan, pierced ivory sticks and carved ivory guards (19+2) mounted with white goose feathers tipped with marabou, and painted in polychrome body colour: shades of green, blue, purple, shades of pink, shades of brown, grey and black. Gilt-metal carrying loop ornamented with a red silk knot attached by a pale green silk cord. The sticks and guards are decorated with figures, buildings and plants. The front of the feather mount is decorated with two quail standing on either side of a small prunus tree and a rock, flanked by flowering plants and foliage. On the back there is a small arrangement of flowers and foliage in the centre. The fan is accompanied by a fragment from the end of its pasteboard boz covered with pale blue brocade and painted with a floral spray (A).


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Given by Professor J. Nias

Measurements and weight

Width: 53 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1994-04-25) by Nias, J., Professor


19th Century, Early#
Circa 1820 CE - Circa 1830 CE

Components of the work

Guards composed of feathers ( goose+marabou) bodycolour ( shades of green, blue, purple, shades of pink, shades of brown, grey and black) Height 27.5 cm
Knot+cord composed of silk ( red+pale green)
Sticks+guards composed of ivory

Identification numbers

Accession number: O.1 & A-1994
Primary reference Number: 125148
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 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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