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Unknown (maker)


Messel-Rosse Collection




brisé fan


Horn sticks and guards (21+2) with ends shaped to resemble crocketed pinnacles, pierced, painted in bodycolour, gilt and set with cut steels. Cream silk ribbon. Steel rivet and washers. Front: below the ribbon there are seven Gothic arches, the 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th ornamented in gold with touches of blue and white. The 2nd, and 6th are painted en grisaille with a blue background, and the fourth en grisaille with a purple background, with three of La Fontaine's fables: 'The Cock and the Pearl', 'The Milkmaid and the Pot of Milk', and 'The Wolf and the Stork'. The spandrels between the arches are decorated with quatrefoil flowers and scrolling foliage. Below the panels there is a band of pierced stylized plants. Above the ribbon, the pinnacles are pierced by stylized plants and set with cut steels. Back: undecorated. Guards: pierced with stylized plants and bordered by cut steels.

Production Place

France (maker) (country)

French (maker) (nationality)

Technique Description

horn sticks and guards with ends shaped to resemble crocketed pinnacles, pierced, painted in bodycolour, gilt and set with cut steels (21+2). Cream silk ribbon. Steel rivet and washers


length: (guards): 17.5 cm
width: (whole): 33.0 cm


early 19th Century


circa 1820


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

Colonel Leonard C. Messel (1872-1953); his daughter 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. Hughes, Therle Fantasy in Plume and Parchment, European Fans from the Leonard Messel Collection, [page: 1455-1458]
    Source title: Country Life (8 June 1972)
    [comments: Publ., p. 1455, fig. 2]
  2. La Fontaine (1765-1775) Fables Choisis, Colmar, Paris
    [comments: Ref: The fables depicted are from these books but the designs are not derived from the illustrations in this edition]

Other Notes

Accession Number

M.67-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 117653; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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