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Unknown (maker)


Messel-Rosse Collection




brisé fan


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.

Production Notes

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.

Production Place

China (maker) (country)

Chinese (maker) (nationality)


height: (guards): 26.1 cm


circa 1760 to 1770


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. Irons, Neville John (1982) Fans of Imperial China, Hong Kong: Keiserrieich Kunst (Hong Kong) Limited [page: 72-81]
    Source title: The Oriental Art Series (1982)
    [comments: Ref: Illustrated examples, pl.9-13, and background history of brisé fans crafted in this style.]

Other Notes

Accession Number

M.93-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 117678; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-07-22)

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