Brisé fan

1720s


Object Place: The Netherlands (?)

Dimensions

Guard: 21.5 cm (8 7/16 in.); maximum open: 35.5 cm (14 in.); arc: 120° arc: 120°

Accession Number

1976.188

Medium or Technique

Ivory blades, painted in oil and varnished; silk ribbon, tortiseshell, mother-of-pearl

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Collections

Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Brisé fan with oil painted and lacquered ivory sticks, painted blue silk connecting ribbon at top edge. Obverse: King Soloman on throne receiving the Queen of Sheba with members of her court. Reverse: figures on shore watching ship. Both scenes surrounded by black borders; chinoiserie vignettes on red field; much gilt detail. Tortoiseshell thumbpieces; mother-of-pearl buttons on rivet.

Provenance

Gift of Esther Oldham to MFA, June 9, 1976.

Credit Line

Oldham Collection