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Parasol

Manufacturer:
G. Fox & Company (American, founded 1847)
Date:
1885–90
Culture:
European
Medium:
silk, wood, metal
Credit Line:
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Marion Grant, 1943
Accession Number:
2009.300.3036
Not on view
Parasols, such as the one featured; with black satin canopies overlaid with black lace are quintessential examples of the 1880s. This particular parasol is of very high quality. The G. Fox Company patented its Paragon ribs in 1852 and the key feature of the ribs were their U-shape (rather than a tubular form) which allowed the mechanism to close much more closely to the shank, and this construction overtook all other types of mechanisms after that point. The handle on this parasol is beautifully carved with a vaguely Asian aesthetic. The swirls are reminiscent of swirling streams of Japanese art.
Marking: Tin plate on stretcher printed: "Paragon" fox logo
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