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Brisé fan: M.97-1985

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Ivory sticks and guards with rounded ends, painted in colours (21+2). Cream silk ribbon. Steel rivet with mother-of-pearl washers.
Front: In the middle, within a circular frame is a Chinese genre scene: a mandarin, two women and a servant boy in the garden of a house. On each side there is a bunch of mixed flowers, and above a border of flower garlands which trail down the extreme left and right sticks. Above the ribbon there are arched panels, three in the centre containing figures and the rest flowers.
Revese: Similar but with the figures reversed.
Guards: On the front, flowers and a bird; on the back, flowers.


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

Acquisition and important dates

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


19th Century
Circa 1820 - Circa 1840


Chinese for the export market. The paintings reflect contemporary embroidery.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Ribbon composed of silk ( cream)
Sticks+guards composed of paint ivory
Washers composed of mother-of-pearl
Rivet composed of steel
Guards Length 18.9 cm

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.97-1985
Primary reference Number: 117682
Old catalogue number: DR 12/174
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 30 June 2022 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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