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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Fashion, Room 40

Fan

1820-1840 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Brisé fans have no leaf. They are made of sticks held together with a silk cord or ribbon. Some brisé fans were left plain to highlight the intricacy of their piercing and carving, as you can see here. This fan was probably a sample or exhibition piece made by the craftsman to show both his skill and the delicacy of the materials. The intricate shape of the edging reflects the influence of lace designs and the popularity of the ‘Van Dyck’ collar in contemporary women’s fashions.


object details
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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Pierced ivory, with ivory silk ribbon
Brief Description
1820-40, European; Carved ivory, lace pattern
Credit line
Given by Sir Matthew Digby Wyatt and Lady Wyatt
Summary
Brisé fans have no leaf. They are made of sticks held together with a silk cord or ribbon. Some brisé fans were left plain to highlight the intricacy of their piercing and carving, as you can see here. This fan was probably a sample or exhibition piece made by the craftsman to show both his skill and the delicacy of the materials. The intricate shape of the edging reflects the influence of lace designs and the popularity of the ‘Van Dyck’ collar in contemporary women’s fashions.
Collection
Accession Number
2282-1876

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record createdDecember 12, 2003
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