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  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    1870-1880 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gauze, applied paper, silk and, carved and pierced ivory handle

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss D. I. Field

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The handscreen was a popular form of fan alongside the folding fan. Women generally used them indoors to protect their faces from fireside heat. Handscreens were usually produced in pairs and placed one on either end of the mantlepiece. This handscreen has a random covering of coloured pieces of paper depicting flowers, birds and figures. Middle-class women could buy these paper decorations in sheets and use them to decorate furniture, such as folding screens. These early forms of cut-outs were a very popular pastime.

Physical description

Pair of handscreen with gauze, applied paper scraps, silk fringe, silk ribbons, and carved and pierced ivory handle.

Place of Origin

France (made)


1870-1880 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Gauze, applied paper, silk and, carved and pierced ivory handle

Descriptive line

Pair of handscreen, France, 1870-1880


Accessories; Fans; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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