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Unknown (maker)


Messel-Rosse Collection




brisé fan




Feather fan with brown striated feathers: the front decorated with painted birds, flowers and foliage; the reverse with three rows of flowers and foliage. The lower sticks and guards are ivory, decorated in gold or gilt relief on the tops of the sticks and guards.

Production Notes

Cantonese, for the export market.

Production Place

Canton (maker) (place)

China (maker) (country)

Chinese (maker) (nationality)


height: (guards): 21.5 cm


1st half 19th century


circa 1800 to 1850


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, created in Canton in the 19th century.]

Other Notes

Accession Number

M.399-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 117983; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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