Feather brisé fan

1880–1900


Object Place: Europe

Dimensions

Guard: 20 cm (7 7/8 in.); maximum open: 44 cm (17 5/16 in.); arc: 155°

Accession Number

1976.514

Medium or Technique

African starling and hummingbird feathers; faux tortoiseshell blades; silk

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Collections

Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Blue and green African starling feathers mounted over dark foundation feathers with design of rose, bud and leaves left formed by yellow-green and dark orange hummingbird feathers. Sixteen dark Neopolitan shell (faux tortoiseshell) sticks, brown silk connecting ribbon. Maroon silk tassel and loop (for securing fan closed) depend from dark Neopolitan shell ring.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Oldham Collection