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Unknown (maker)


Messel-Rosse Collection




brisé fan




Chinese feather brisé fan. Goose (?) feather fan with ivory sticks and guards. The front is painted with blue peonies and pheasants, the reverse, less detailed blue peonies (?). The tops of the lower sticks (gorge) and guards are decorated with a gilt relief. Metal rivet (?).

Production Notes

Cantonese, for the export maket

Production Place

Canton (maker) (place)

China (maker) (country)

Chinese (maker) (nationality)


height: (guards): 21.6 cm


1st quarter 19th century


circa 1815 to 1825


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: 48-55]
    Source title: The Oriental Art Series (1982)
    [comments: Ref: Illustrations (pl. 1-3) and background history of Chinese feather fans from early 19th century Canton.]

Other Notes

Accession Number

M.397-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 117981; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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