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Unknown (maker)


Messel-Rosse Collection




brisé fan


Goose feather fan; edges probably tipped with marabou down; the front decorated with painted gold fruit, flowers and leaves; the reverse is undecorated. The lower sticks (gorge) and guards are sandalwood, decorated on the front sticks and outer guards only with a painted gold design. Brass alloy (?) rivet.

Production Notes

Cantonese, for the export market.

Production Place

Canton (maker) (place)

China (maker) (country)

Chinese (maker) (nationality)


height: (guards): 30.2 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 19th century Canton.]

Other Notes

Accession Number

M.400-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 117984; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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