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Messel-Rosse Collection




brisé fan


Brisé fan of carved and pierced ivory (?). 'Scenes from Chinese life' are the predominant design and are also included within the large, central cartouche. However, the border also features a dragon design, mirrored along the central upper edges of the fan.

Production Place

China (maker) (country)

Chinese (maker) (nationality)


lenght: (guards): 18.9 cm


bought: Anne, Countess of Rosse 1985-01-28 (Filtered for: Applied Arts collection)

Colonel Leonard C. Messel (1872-1953); Anne, Countess of Rosse (1902-1992)

Purchased with a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and a gift from The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


  1. Irons, Neville John (1982) Fans of Imperial China, Hong Kong: Keiserrieich Kunst (Hong Kong) Limited [page: 90-3]
    Source title: The Oriental Art Series (1982)
    [comments: Ref: Illustrated examples of dragon borders and 'Scenes from Chinese life', pl.18-19, and background history of the brisé fan in this style.]

Other Notes

Accession Number

M.99-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 117684; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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