Fan, Brisé, Purple ribbon and silk tassel; Unknown maker; 1865-1910; RI.W2001.05


Fan, Brisé, Purple ribbon and silk tassel

About this object

A brisé hand fan with pleats made of cellulose acetate with a tortoise-shell patterning to them. A purple ribbon is weaved through the pleats and a cream silk tassel attached at the rivet. The pleats bear an intricate die cut botanical pattern. Brisé style fans have blade-like pleats that are joined by a ribbon or thread at the top of the leaf, rather than being a continuous sheet of paper or silk like other hand fans.

Cellulose acetate was first developed in 1865 and has been used to create frequently-handled personal objects such as combs, toys and accessories like this fan.

There is no acquisition documentation for this fan so it cannot be accurately dated, or provenance determined, but its style indicates it likely dates from the late 19th Century or early 20th Century.


Unknown maker

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Medium and Materials

processed material, synthetic, plastic
organic, animal, animal product, processed materials, silk


Open: h 160 mm x w 264 mm x d 21 mm
Tassel: l 310 mm x w 75 mm

Subject and Association Keywords

Clothing and Accessories

Object Type

personal effects

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