Fans

Brisé Fans, Overview

The second most common type of folding fan is the brisé fan, consisting only of decorative sticks with no pleated leaf. The sticks are typically carved or pierced, and held together by a ribbon which is either glued to each stick or threaded through pierced openings at the top of the...

Ivory Brisé Fan with Painted Vignettes

This ivory brisé fan, c1810-1820, is composed of pierced sticks and guards, threaded with a white silk ribbon, and held together by a steel rivet and mother-of-pearl washers....

Mother-of-Pearl Brisé Fan

The most spectacular aspect of this fan are the guards. The are made of cut steel, faceted and polished to resemble diamonds. Cut steel was very popular during the Regency and was used for all sorts of jewelry and other decorative arts...

Brisé Fan of Horn with Piqué Work

This brisé fan is made of sticks of very thin horn, decorated with brown paint, gilt, and polished steel piqué work, threaded with a silk ribbon and held together with a steel...

Ivory Brisé Fan with Lace Design

Whereas most brisé fans have sticks that are identically pierced, this fan has at least seven distinct stick designs, each working together to form a pattern that imitates lace....

Ivory Brisé Fan with Applied Decorations

One of the most remarkable things about this fan is the decoration on the upper portion of the sticks. It appears to be a very nice design with flowers, birds, and butterflies. But a closer look reveals that the birds and butterfly wings are actually made of real feathers...

 

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