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Pleated Fan And Case (possibly France)

This is a Pleated fan and case. It was distributed by Tiffany and Co.. It is dated 1910–1920 and we acquired it in 1952. Its medium is silk leaf embroidered with steel sequins, mother-of-pearl sticks with steel piqués, mother-of-pearl washer. It is a part of the Textiles department.

This glittering fan is a beautiful example of the fashion for spangled fans in the first two decades of the twentieth century. Sequins and spangles were popular embellishments at various times in the history of fan design, particularly in the last quarter of the 18th century, the early 19th century, and then again in the first quarter of the 20th century. The entire surface of the silk leaf and the mother-of-pearl sticks of this fan are covered with carefully aligned steel spangles, creating a graphic and modern textural effect. The placement of the spangles is precisely engineered so that the fan can be closed without interference from the spangles. Accessioned with this fan is its original white satin storage case marked, “Tiffany & Co”. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Tiffany and other luxury stores in the United States sold high quality folding fans to meet customer demand.

This object was donated by Unknown. It is credited Gift of Anonymous Donor.

  • Folding Fan And Case
  • painted paper leaf with applied sequins, carved and pierced bone sticks.
  • Bequest of Mrs. John Innes Kane.
  • 1926-22-112
  • Pleated Fan (France)
  • cut paper leaf backed with silk gauze and tulle, embroidered with sequins;....
  • Gift of Georgina and Louisa L. Schuyler.
  • 1916-29-120
  • Pleated Fan (France)
  • silk leaf embroidered with gold and silver sequins; pierced ivory sticks.
  • Bequest of Miss Elizabeth d'Hauteville Kean.
  • 1923-24-2

Our curators have highlighted 8 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Pleated Fan (possibly USA)
  • silk leaf with applied motifs in silk and spangles, mother-of-pearl sticks....
  • Bequest of Sarah Cooper Hewitt.
  • 1931-6-135
  • Pleated Fan And Case
  • silk leaf applied with silk, gold thread and sequins, carved and painted....
  • Gift of Anonymous Donor.
  • 1952-161-246-a,b
  • Pleated Fan And Case (France)
  • silk gauze leaf embroidered with silver spangles, pierced mother-of-pearl....
  • Gift of Mrs. Max Farrand.
  • 1953-143-17-a,b

Its dimensions are

H x W (open): 26.7 x 45.7 cm (10 1/2 x 18 in.)

Cite this object as

Pleated Fan And Case (possibly France); Distributed by Tiffany and Co. (United States); silk leaf embroidered with steel sequins, mother-of-pearl sticks with steel piqués, mother-of-pearl washer; H x W (open): 26.7 x 45.7 cm (10 1/2 x 18 in.); Gift of Anonymous Donor; 1952-161-222-a,b

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibitions The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s and Making Design.

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