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1925

  • Work on this object ended.

1985

  • We acquired this object.

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Pleated Fan (possibly France), 1900–1925

This is a Pleated fan. It is dated 1900–1925 and we acquired it in 1985. Its medium is double-sided leaf of plain weave and gauze weave silk net with applied metallic spangles, sticks of imitation tortoiseshell with inset metallic circular spangles, painted wood slips, imitation tortoiseshell washer at the rivet.. It is a part of the Textiles department.

Cellulose nitrate was used to replicate different costly materials, including tortoiseshell. This fan's materials were only able to be discerned under ultraviolet (UV) examination and magnfication- its fluorescence and the presence of dispersed dyes indicates that it is cellulose nitrate, not natural tortoiseshell.

This object was donated by Ms. Dorothy Warren. It is credited Gift of dorothy Warren in memory of Blanche Allien Warren (Mrs. Charles Clarke Warren).

Its dimensions are

H x W (open): 20.3 x 37.5 cm (8 x 14 3/4 in.)

Cite this object as

Pleated Fan (possibly France), 1900–1925; double-sided leaf of plain weave and gauze weave silk net with applied metallic spangles, sticks of imitation tortoiseshell with inset metallic circular spangles, painted wood slips, imitation tortoiseshell washer at the rivet.; H x W (open): 20.3 x 37.5 cm (8 x 14 3/4 in.); Gift of dorothy Warren in memory of Blanche Allien Warren (Mrs. Charles Clarke Warren); 1985-77-2

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