wedge-shaped brisé fan
circa 1710 circa 1720
early 18th Century
Wedge-shaped brisé fan with ivory sticks, pierced, painted in red, green, slate blue, brown, black, and gold. Guards: plain ivory painted in brown, red, green and gold, the head strengthened with tortoiseshell. (20+2) Gold stringing. Rivet of brass ?.
Front: The decoration is arranged in four horizontal bands. 1. Geometrical motifs, pierced and painted red, green and gold. 2. A European outdoor scene in which two servants bring a pig or tiger to a pipe-smoking gentleman seated beside a standing gentleman who is extending his arm towards another servant, who carries a stick. On both sides there is a long-tailed exotic bird among flowers and foliage. 3.Three oval panels reserved in a red band, the centre oval is painted with a crab and a fish, the others with stylized plants. 4. Foliage and flowers. The area below the shoulder is undecorated.
Reverse: The same design reversed.
Guards: Prunus sprays
China, maker, country
Chinese, maker, nationality
Chinese for European market, possibly made in China and painted in Holland.
paint; sticks+guards; red, green, slate blue, brown, black, gold
tortoise shell; guards
brass (alloy); rivet; probably
Ivory sticks, pierced, painted in red, green, slate blue, brown, black, and gold. Guards plain ivory painted in brown, red, green and gold, the head strengthened with tortoiseshell. (20+2) Gold stringing. Rivet of brass ?.
length, guards, 25.6, cm
bought; 1985-01-28; Countess of Rosse, Anne
Colonel Leonard C. Messel (1872-1953); Anne, Countess of Rosse (1902-1992)
Messel, Leonard; owner
Countess of Rosse, Anne; owner
Purchased with a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and a gift from The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum
old catalogue number; DR/12/172; Messel-Rosse Collection
Treasured Possessions from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment. 2015-03-24 - 2015-09-06
Organiser: The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (Cambs.), UK
Venue: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Catalogue number: 132
Avery, Victoria. Calaresu, Melissa. Laven, Mary. 2015. Treasured Possessions from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment.London: Philip Wilson Publishers
Publ. p. 135, Fig. 147 and p. p. 268, Cat. 132
Object Number: M.85-1985
(record id: 117671; input: 2004-12-07; modified: 2016-08-11)