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Tian Guojun (maker)


Messel-Rosse Collection




screen fan


Dedicated to juangyuan sanxiong (Third elder brother, winner of the national examination); with two artists seals of red; reverse with colophon signed by the artist, identifying the dedicatee as Fang Jenglin. Decorated, obverse with orchids in flower, reverse with colophon. Stick: wood, carved, pierced and lacquered in black. Rim: brocade. Face: obverse, painted in translucent greens and red, inscribed in ink and stamped in vermillion. Reverse: inscribed and stamped as above, both on mottled gold paper.

Production Notes

Ribbed screen fan

Production Place

China (maker) (country)

Chinese (maker) (nationality)


height: (guards): 41.2 cm
width: 27 cm


19th century




bought: Anne, Countess of Rosse 1985-01-28 (Filtered for: Applied Arts collection)

Colonel Leonard C. Messel (1872-1953); Anne, Countess of Rosse (1902-1992)

Purchased with a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and a gift from The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


  1. inscribed
    Position: front and reverse
    Content: jiyi xiari fan Ting Yun (?) bii...di Tian Guojun
    Language: chinese
    Translation: on a summer's day of Jiyi year 1869 imitating of the brush manner of Ting Yun (?).... younger brother Tian Guojun


  1. Armstrong, Nancy (1985) Fans from the Fitzwilliam. A Selection from the Messel-Rosse Collection, Cambridge (Cambs.): Fitzwilliam Museum Enterprises Ltd
    [comments: Ill. see n. 60.]

Other Notes

Accession Number

O.8-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 118424; Input Date: 2005-02-16 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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