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1910

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Object ID #18634481

This is a Pleated fan. It is dated 1910–1920 and we acquired it in 1990. Its medium is silk leaf embroidered with spangles, ebony sticks inlaid with steel piqués, metal bail, silk tassel, mother-of-pearl washer at rivet. It is a part of the Textiles department.

Hand fans were originally utilitarian objects, used to stimulate the flow of air in warm environments. Overtime, crafted of precious and/or showy materials, fans became decorative fashion accessories and symbols of wealth or status. This silk and ebony fan, with its shimmering sequined moon and stars, would have been the perfect accessory for an evening out at a crowded and smoky jazz club: chic yet functional.

This object was donated by Sheila Bruce. It is credited Gift of Sheila Bruce.

  • Pleated Fan, 1900–30
  • silk net leaf with applied silk panels and spangles, carved and gilded....
  • Gift of Sheila Bruce.
  • 1990-25-17
  • Pleated Fan, 1900–30
  • silk net leaf embroidered with sequins, faux tortoise shell sticks, metal bail.
  • Gift of Sheila Bruce.
  • 1990-25-19
  • Brisé Fan, ca. 1830
  • carved and pierced horn sticks, mother-of-pearl guards with steel piqués,....
  • Gift of Anonymous Donor.
  • 1952-161-210

Our curators have highlighted 5 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Vanity Case, Putti, ca. 1920
  • engraved mother-of-pearl, round diamonds, rock crystal, enamel, gold,....
  • Lent by Private Collection.
  • 13.2016.1
  • Pleated Fan (France), 1810–1829
  • cut paper leaf backed with silk gauze and tulle, embroidered with sequins;....
  • Gift of Georgina and Louisa L. Schuyler.
  • 1916-29-120

Its dimensions are

H x W (open, with tassel): 54 × 39.4 cm (21 1/4 × 15 1/2 in.)

Cite this object as

Object ID #18634481; silk leaf embroidered with spangles, ebony sticks inlaid with steel piqués, metal bail, silk tassel, mother-of-pearl washer at rivet; H x W (open, with tassel): 54 × 39.4 cm (21 1/4 × 15 1/2 in.); Gift of Sheila Bruce; 1990-25-18

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

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