Fan, 1710–20 Medium: ivory, tortoiseshell, glass, leather Technique: pierced and painted ivory Label: pierced and painted ivory blades with leather ribbon, tortoise thumbguard and glass rivet. Bequest of Miss Elizabeth d'Hauteville Kean. 1923-24-3.
What is this?
Brisé fan with ivory sticks carved à jour, decorated on obverse and reverse with birds, animals and foliage (phoenixes, dragons, and the emblems of the Chinese empress and emperor against peonies) in red, green, blue and gilt enamel. With a tortoiseshell thumbguard and a glass stone at the rivet, threaded with leather ribbon.