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Maker/s

Unknown (maker)

Collection

Messel-Rosse Collection

Category

fans

Name

brisé fan

Description

Brisé fan with black lacquered sticks and guards. The front shows a painted scene of musicians and spectators in traditional chinese dress. The reverse is decorated, in gold lacquer, with a repeating tortoiseshell motif, surrounding a central landscape scene: the scene shows a riverbank with a fisherman on one bank, watched by another figure on the opposite bank; behind them are several buildings, including a pagoda and a bridge across the river with a figure on the bridge. The sticks and guards (22+2) are also decorated with repeating motifs, painted in gold lacquer. Red, silk ribbon and metal rivet.

Production Notes

Cantonese, for the export market.

Production Place

Canton (maker) (place)

China (maker) (country)

Chinese (maker) (nationality)

Dimensions

height: (guards): 22.8 cm
width:

Date

circa 1790

Provenance

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

Colonel Leonard C. Messel (1872-1953); Anne, Countess of Rosse (1902-92)

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

Documentation

  1. Irons, Neville John (1982) Fans of Imperial China, Hong Kong: Keiserrieich Kunst (Hong Kong) Limited [page: 108-118]
    Source title: The Oriental Art Series (1982)
    [comments: Ref: Illustrations and background history of Cantonese, lacquered brise fans, from the late 18th/early 19th century.]

Other Notes

Accession Number

M.376-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 117960; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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