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Unknown (maker)


Messel-Rosse Collection




folding fan




Folding paper leaf fan of assymetrical design. The front leaf is decorated with a floral spray and butterflies,painted in red on brown silk(?) leaf; the reverse leaf design is an assymetrical copy of this design, outlined in red. The sticks and guards (18+2) are of brown lacquer, decorated in painted gold with chinese garden scenes, bordered with flowers and leaves. Brass alloy (?) rivet with two, brown silk tassels.

Production Notes

Cantonese, for the export market.

Production Place

Canton (maker) (place)

China (maker) (country)

Chinese (maker) (nationality)


height: (guards): 41.0 cm


3rd quarter 19th Century


circa 1860


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: 153, 174-5]
    Source title: The Oriental Art Series (1982)
    [comments: Ref: Illustrations (pl.56-7) and background history of Mandarin, assymetrical fans, created in 19th century Canton.]

Other Notes

Accession Number

M.411-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 117993; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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