Painted Jane Austen Era Horn Brise Fan


Unusual Jane Austen Era brise fan made of carved, pierced and hand painted horn sticks in very good, usable condition.



Origin: France or England

Date: ca. 1815-1825

This unusual Jane Austen Era brise fan is made of carved and pierced horn sticks. The horn is dyed a pale yellow colour and hand painted in gold and green tones with a rare oriental scene (perhaps Burmese-inspired), the reserves and tips showing scrolls and Greek key designs in gold. The loop was added in in the early 20th century (Edwardian time).

The natural colour of horn is greyish-beige. It was often dyed to make it stand out more against the white evening gowns. In some cases, it was dyed to resemble tortoiseshell. This small type of brise fan was referred to as an “imperceptible” in the early 19th century, because it could be easily concealed within a pocket or reticule.

Length: 6.75″ (17.5 cm) Width: 13″ (32.5 cm)

Condition: Very good, usable condition. I noticed a couple of very tiny flaws in the horn and minor rubbing of the paint (see photos). The ribbon was properly replaced.