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Brisé fan, sticks of cut, pierced and carved ivory, painted in oil with applications of humming bird feathers, other feathers, textiles and paper; guards of cut, pierced and carved ivory (26+2). Ribbon of white silk. Rivet set with clear pastes. An indecipherable word is inscribed on the top of the back guards. Front: the fan is decorated with five rows, the middle of which is painted with sprays of roses with applied blossoms, exotic birds of applied feathers and applied pieces of fruit. The two lower rows and the one above have regular patterns, the top row, over the ribbon, has a central medallion with two figures symmetrically flanked by sprays of figures and medallions of flowers. Back: undecorated. Guards: both guards are decorated in the same way and have like the sticks, a Gothic form; they have a floral spray on a fretted background on top, and some decoration underneath.
Europe (maker) (continent)
European (maker) (nationality)
Brisé fan, sticks of cut, pierced and carved ivory, painted in oil with applications of humming bird feathers, other feathers, textiles and paper; guards of cut, pierced and carved ivory (26+2). Ribbon of white silk. Rivet set with clear pastes.
length: (guards): 17.1
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.114-1985 (Applied Arts)