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Brisé fan, Ivory sticks and guards with shaped ends, pierced, painted in bodycolour and appliquéd with feathers and painted fabric (25+2). Cream silk ribbon. Steel rivet with mother-of-pearl washers. Front: painted below the ribbon with a continuous spray of leaves with tiny red flowers, with two rows of piercing above and below. Above the ribbon a wide border of butterflies and birds amidst roses, other flowers, foliage and fruit is painted; the birds and the two butterflies are appliquéd with feathers and painted fabric; the other two butterflies and the flowers heads are appliquéd with painted fabric. Reverse: undecorated.
Netherlands (maker) (country)
Dutch (maker) (nationality)
Brisé fan, Ivory sticks and guards with shaped ends, pierced, painted in bodycolour and appliquéd with feathers and painted fabric (25+2). Cream silk ribbon. Steel rivet with mother-of-pearl washers.
length: (guards): 17.0
late 18th-early 19th century
circa 1790 to 1810
Purchased with a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and a gift from The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum
M.109-1985 (Applied Arts)