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Unknown (maker)


Messel-Rosse Collection




brisé fan


Black lacquered brisé fan. Front and reverse sticks (19+2) show painted Chinese genre scenes. Stick phinials are decorated with gold lacquer reliefs of alternating animals and floral sprays. The inner guards are also detailed in gold relief, with chinese dragons; the outer guards decorated with painted dragons of red and gold. Red, silk ribbon. Metal rivet? The lower sticks (gorge) are decorated in gold lacquer.

Production Notes

Cantonese, for the export market.

Production Place

Canton (maker) (place)

China (maker) (country)

Chinese (maker) (nationality)


height: (guards): 19.6 cm


2nd quarter 19th century


circa 1820


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: 108-118]
    Source title: The Oriental Art Series (1982)
    [comments: Ref: Illustrations and background history of lacquer brisé fans, from 19th century China.]

Other Notes

Accession Number

M.380-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 117964; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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