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Brisé fan, sticks and guards of pierced, fretted and painted in body colour bone; thumb guard of mother-of-pearl (28+2) white ribbon; iron rivet and mother-of-pearl washers. Front: the fan is decorated in three zones, the middle of which has three similar cartouches on a background of finely cut flowers and foliage with painted blossoms. The cartouches are of two blue wavy scrolls bordered with a gold line supporting a lilac pedestal; above two roses are worked in a gold medallion. Three gold lilies crown the cartouche. The zone on top, bordered by the ribbon, has three wavy blue and gold double scrolls on a similar background, each directly above a cartouche and with two roses in the middle. The bottom row is of a regular pattern. The top border is of gold dots between gold lines. The lower border is of a lilac line, the left edging of a blue line. Back: undecorated. Guards flowers and foliage bordered by a blue line.
France, (maker) (country)
French (maker) (nationality)
Brisé fan, sticks and guards of pierced, fretted and painted in body colour bone; thumb guard of mother-of-pearl (28+2) white ribbon; iron rivet and mother-of-pearl washers.
length: (guards): 22.2
early 19th Century
circa 1820 to 1830
Purchased with a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and a gift from The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum
M.106-1985 (Applied Arts)