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Origin: France

Date: 1815-1830

This brisé fan is made of bone guardsticks and inner cardboard sticks (falsely called Peau d'Âne - Donkey's skin) that are connected via a silk ribbon (all original). The inner sticks are covered with a thick plasterlike white paint on the front and back and the edges of the front of the fan is handpainted with highly stylised foliage and flowers. The centre and back were left undecorated, because the fan would have come with a small bejewelled stylus (fr. stylet) (encased within the left guardstick) with which the owner was able to write down her dance partners on the inner sticks of the fan. Sadly, the stylus is missing (as is so often the case) - I have used a large sewing needle for the photos to show you were the stylus was hidden in the guardstick. The back of the fan shows indeed some handwriting. I can make out 2 names: Juillet and Emilie and the word Berglou. The fan also bears the original owners initials in black ink on the back of the right guardstick.

Length: 6.25" (16 cm) Width: 12" (30.5 cm)

Condition: Good with minor discolouration of the white plaster paint and a small loss of the paint on a centre sticks and on one tip (see last photos).

Price: SOLD

 

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