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Messel-Rosse Collection




brisé fan


Black lacquered brisé fan, decorated in gold lacquer with a 'vine-leaf' pattern and a central, patterned cartouche. The sticks and guards (21+2) and arched phinials are decorated with the same 'vine-leaf' pattern, in gold lacquer. Black ribbon, metal rivet.

Production Notes

A typical example of the 'vine-leaf' design, popular during the late 18th, early 19th centuries.

Production Place

Canton (maker) (place)

China (maker) (country)

Chinese (maker) (nationality)


height: (guards): 19.3 cm


early 19th Century


circa 1810


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


  1. Irons, Neville John (1982) Fans of Imperial China, Hong Kong: Keiserrieich Kunst (Hong Kong) Limited [page: 108]
    Source title: The Oriental Art Series (1982)
    [comments: Cf. pp.108-9, Illustration (pl.27), background history and description of lacquer brisé fans, including an example of a 'vine-leaf' pattern in gold lacquer.]

Other Notes

Accession Number

M.377-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 117961; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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