Ivory brisé fan; c. 1790s; LDFAN2005.36
Ivory brisé fanAbout this object
Ivory brisé fan minutely carved and pierced with swags, flowers and birds, the guardsticks with deep carved flowers.
A central shield shape with the carved initials 'IS' on a pared background has mantelling around it, and is suspended from swags of foliage, which follow the span of the open fan. These swags hold ornamental ribbons from which are suspended two oval medallions (on either side of the shield), carved with buildings and trees against a pared background.
The border, which resembles a sunflower, is a motif often repeated on fans of this type (seen within the Helene Alexander Collection).
The metal rivet has retained its original florets of surrounding mother-of-pearl.
Eighteenth CenturyMedium and Materials
Chinese for export.Technique
Total length: 25.5cm
The Fan Museum TrustCredit Line
The Fan MuseumObject Type
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