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  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1869 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted goose feathers and down, ivory; carved sandalwood box

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Jane Souter Hipkins

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    On display at the British Museum []

Physical description

Brisé fan and case. Fan of painted goose feathers and down and with ivory sticks and guards, carved and pierced. With a carved sandalwood box.

The feathers are painted on both sides with roses and other flowers, birds and butterflies and a beetle. The openwork pattern of the sticks consists of a landscape with boats, buildings, trees and figures, and the guards are deeply carved with roses and leaves. The looped handle is of chased silver with facetted paste studs and from it depends a long white silk tassel and a carved ivory fruit ornament. The box is carved on the lid with three shaped counters – sunk panels of figures and buildings, and it is lined with inside with blue silk painted with flowers and birds. Edged with fine filmy feathers.

Place of Origin

China (made)


ca. 1869 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Painted goose feathers and down, ivory; carved sandalwood box


Height: 36.5 cm including feathers, Width: 58 cm including feathers, Length: 23 cm tassel

Object history note

Given by Herbert Cope to his bride about 1869.

Historical context note

Made for export

Descriptive line

Brisé fan and case, China, made for export, ca. 1869


Ivory; Feathers; Sandalwood


Carving; Painting; Sewing


Clothing; Accessories; Containers


East Asia Collection

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