Museum logo

Object Record

  • Email This Page
  • Send Feedback
Object Name Fan
Date ca. 1810-1820
Description Brise fan. Drilled sticks are horn dyed to look like tortoise-shell, with inset sequins (probably steel) on the guardsticks. Sticks are joined by brown silk ribbon. Riveted at bottom. Made in France or England and sold in the United States.
(Keywords: Fashion, Accessory, European)
Acquisition Gift of Elizabeth Brownell
Ownership and History Fans made from sticks or blades held together by a ribbon, without a paper or fabric leaf, are known as brisé fans, from a French term meaning "shattered." The delicately pierced symmetrical decoration on this example is in keeping with neoclassical styles of early nineteenth century fashion and decorative arts.
Earliest Date 1810
Latest Date 1820
Material Horn
Subjects Fans
Lexicon Sub-category Personal Gear
Associated People Brownell, Elizabeth M.
Catalog Number C02.1363
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Fan Association of North America (FANA), 2011. (
Legal Status Images and text in this database are copyrighted by the Staten Island Historical Society unless otherwise noted. Items represented here are from the collections of the Staten Island Historical Society. Materials reproduced for personal non-commercial use must credit the Staten Island Historical Society. Commercial licensing is available.