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Unknown (maker)


Messel-Rosse Collection




brisé fan


Ivory, pierced, carved, painted in bodycolour, silvered and gilt.(24+2) Cream kid ribbon. Steel rivet with mother-of-pearl washers. Front: In the middle, a circular medallion painted with a European riverside landscape enclosed by an engraved gold frame with a silver suspension loop and bow at the top. The rest of the fan is pierced by fine longtitudinal striations and carved below the ribbon with two oval, two smaller circular and two lozenge-shaped medallions of Chinese scenes amid scrolling flowers and foliage. Above the ribbon there are small panels containing fruit, flowers, birds, butterflies and landscapes and figures. Reverse: In the middle, a painted arrangement of flowers within a blue wreath. Guards: Carved with buildings in a landscape.

Production Notes

Chinese for the European market; possibly painted in Europe.

Production Place

China (maker) (country)

Chinese (make) (nationality)

Technique Description

Ivory, pierced, carved, painted in gouache, silvered and gilt.(24+2) Cream kid ribbon. Steel rivet with mother-of-pearl washers.


length: (guards): 18.8 cm


mid 18th Century


circa 1750


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

Other Notes

Accession Number

M.96-1985 (Applied Arts)
(Reference Number: 117681; Input Date: 2004-12-07 / Last Edit: 2011-05-03)

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