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.|
|Lexicon Sub-category||Personal Gear|
Brownell, Elizabeth M.
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