Fans at the Athenaeum
Object ID:
Known as a Jenny Lind fan, this brise style folding fan has individual petalshaped segments of linen or muslin attached to each stick. The fabric segments are decorated with silver metal sequins. Pierced bone sticks and guards are interconnected by hidden threads. The rivet has mother of pearl buttons and a metal loop. This style of fan was associated with Jenny Lind, a popular Swedish opera singer known as the Swedish Nightingale. Beginning in 1850, sponsored by P. T. Barnum, she toured in the United States to much acclaim.

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See images and learn more about Jenny Lind, the Swedish Nightingale.

Dimension Details:
Guard length: 6.625"
Leaf height: 3.75"
Open width: 12"
Arc (degrees when open): 155
10 sticks / 2 guards

Place of Origin:
probably American made
mid 19th century
Credit Line:
Anonymous gift
This online exhibition is made possible through a generous grant from the Fan Association of North America (FANA).
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