Fans at the Athenaeum
Object ID:
Folding fan with double fabric pleated leaf. Cream color sheer fabric front is decorated with small hand painted purple and white flowers and lavender silk ribbon flowers. Tiny silver sequins are attached with long running stitches. Ivorine (imitation ivory) or bone sticks and guards are incised with a floral design. Rivet has ivorine or bone washers and a plain metal loop.

To Learn More:
Learn about the different types of imitation ivory at CAMEO: Conservation & Art Materials Encyclopedia Online.

Dimension Details:
Guard length: 8.125"
Leaf height: 5"
Open width: 15"
Arc (degrees when open): 155
14 sticks / 2 guards

Place of Origin:
c. 1900
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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