Brisé Fans, Overview

…5 is made of tortoiseshell. For more information on brisé fans, see the following sources: Hélène Alexander, The Fan Museum, Fan Museum Trust, 2001. Hélène Alexander, Fans, Shire Publications, 1995….

Ivory Brisé Fan with Painted Vignettes

…each face allows for either face to be used as the front face. Painting on brisé fans was more difficult than painting a fan leaf for a folded fan, especially…

Brisé Fan of Horn with Piqué Work

…with hints of Gothic arches and tracery. Brisé fan of horn with piqué work of polished steel. English c1810-1815. The sticks of the fan have not been pierced, with the…

Mother-of-Pearl Brisé Fan

This brisé fan (c1810-1815) is the finest in my collection. Sadly, photographs don’t do it justice. It is so much prettier in person. The iridescence of the mother-of-pearl shifts with…

Ivory Brisé Fan with Applied Decorations

This fan (c1810-1820) may look like most other ivory brisé fans, but it’s actually rather exceptional . The ivory sticks are delicately pierced with a very fine, lacy design, the…

Ivory Brisé Fan with Lace Design

This ivory fan is an excellent example of a brisé fan where the intricacy and delicacy of the pierced and carved design is decoration enough, ie no painted or applied…

Full Dress, July 1813

…the language of the fan. The type of fan shown in the print and described as “carved ivory” was very popular during the Regency and is discussed in detail here….

Evening or Opera Dresses, April 1810

…confined in front of the throat with a diamond broach. Diamond necklace and ear-rings. White satin slippers, laced and bound with silver. White kid gloves, and a fan of carved…

Evening Dress, September 1813

…that is revealed by the deep V of the back of the frock. The “plain ivory fan” is of the type seen in this collection. In the General Observations on…

Evening Dresses, January 1811

…full plait, and ornamented with a barrel comb of jet. White satin slippers, with black jet clasps or bugle rosettes. White kid gloves, and a fan of silver-frosted crape. “Back-ground…

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