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Wood sticks and guards lacquered black, and decorated in red and two shades of gold lacquer (19+2). Red silk ribbon. Metal rivet. Front and Reverse: In a fan-shaped panel, Chinese figures on a diapered background surrounded by a scrolled frame. On the head, scrolls on a diapered background. Above the ribbon arched panels containing single figures of men and women in interior settings. In the centre of each side there is a plain black oval panel. Guards: On the fronts a floral design in gold and red on a diapered ground; on the back a different floral design in gold on a diapered ground.
Chinese for European market
Canton (maker) (place)
China (maker) (country)
Chinese (maker) (nationality)
Wood sticks and guards lacquered black, and decorated in red and two shades of gold lacquer (19+2). Red silk ribbon. Metal rivet.
length: (guards): 19.8
2nd quarter 19th century
circa 1820 to 1840
Purchased with a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and a gift from The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum
M.378-1985 (Applied Arts)