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Brisé fan

Date:
1875–89
Culture:
probably French
Medium:
tortoiseshell, silk, synthetic
Credit Line:
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Josephine Nembach, 1958
Accession Number:
2009.300.1955
Not on view
This is a classic example of a brisé fan, which is constructed of individual sticks held together with connecting ribbon or threads at the top. There is no leaf. The tortoiseshall pattern presents a strikiing visual effect when held to the light and moved back and forth. A special touch is the elaborate monogram on the guard.
Marking: Monogram: "CW"
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