Ivory brisé fan; c. 1790s; LDFAN2005.36


The Fan Museum


Ivory brisé fan

About 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.

Date Made

c. 1790s


Eighteenth Century

Medium and Materials


Place Made


Place Notes

Chinese for export.




Total length: 25.5cm
Span: 41.5cm


The Fan Museum Trust

Credit Line

The Fan Museum

Object Type

Fan (brisé)

Object number


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