Folding fan

about 1886

Object Place: France


Guard (extended): 20 cm (7 7/8 in.); maximum open: 36 cm (14 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silk gauze leaf trimmed with brass and steel sequins; carved, hinged ivory sticks with brass and ivory piqué work; brass

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Textiles and Fashion Arts



White silk gauze leaf trimmed heavily with brass and steel sequins in conventionalized design; gilt-silver and yellow silk yarns across top. Twelve carved ivory sticks decorated with brass and steel piqué work. Brass ring. The hinges at the shoulders of the sticks allow this fan to fold, to fit into a pocket or purse. This invention is attributed to Auguste Buinot (mid-nineteenth century).


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

Credit Line

Oldham Collection