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Ivory brisé fan featuring pierced, rounded finials and gorge and a carved central main body, featuring three cartouches; a small, central monogram cartouche, flanked by two larger medallions with pagoda designs. Above the central cartouche, there is a carved female figure and surrounding the cartouches are carved designs of birds and flowers.
An ivory brisé from China, made for the European market, often for weddings or christenings. The central cartouche was finished with a monogram in Europe, where, at that time, many Chinese craftsmen were employed.
China (maker) (country)
Chinese (maker) (nationality)
height: (guards): 26.1
circa 1760 to 1770
Purchased with a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and a gift from The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum
M.93-1985 (Applied Arts)