"Fontage" fan

about 1905

Object Place: France


Guard and sticks: 15-22 cm (5 7/8-8 11/16 in.); maximum open: 25 cm (9 13/16 in.); arc: 140°

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Metallic thread leaf, applied metal sequins; pierced and gilded bone sticks

Not On View


Textiles and Fashion Arts



Leaf of silver-plated copper threads, decorated with silver-gilt lace, braided and couched silver-gilt threads, applied brass sequins and silver-plated copper metal forms. Fourteen machine-carved bone sticks, gilded, with “gold” piqué work. Gilt ring at rivet. “Fontage” style fan. Considerable gold piqué work is missing. The amount of metal present has resulted in a fan that is very heavy for its size.


Gift of Mrs. Robert Lee Wolff to MFA, September 17, 1986.

Credit Line

Gift in memory of Rosamond Capen Andrews (Mrs. Oliver Andrews)