Brisé fan with a scene of two couples in a landscape

DATE:
c. 1700–1725
MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
Oil on ivory blades, silk ribbon (replaced), mother-of-pearl, and paste gem
CLASSIFICATION:
Costume
DIMENSIONS:
Overall: 8 x 11 1/2 in. (20.32 x 29.21 cm)
DEPARTMENT:
Decorative Arts and Design
LOCATION:
Not On View
CREDIT LINE:
Dallas Museum of Art, The Wendy and Emery Reves Collection
COPYRIGHT:
This work is in the public domain. Image courtesy Dallas Museum of Art.
OBJECT NUMBER:
1985.R.497

General Description

Wendy and Emery Reves's fan collection was one of their most distinguished areas of collecting and was of particular interest to Wendy Reves. She collected nearly 110 examples dating from the early 18th to the early 20th century. The more than thirty fans now in the Dallas Museum of Art's collection represent the core of her 18th-century holdings. Throughout the 18th century, scenes of daily life were extremely popular as fan motifs. The Reves Collection contains several fine examples of this genre, including this fan.

Adapted from

Dallas Museum of Art, Decorative Arts Highlights from the Wendy and Emery Reves Collection (Dallas, Texas: Dallas Museum of Art, 1995), 25.

Web Resources

Dallas Museum of Art
Read more about the 2007 DMA exhibition A Painting in the Palm of Your Hand.

Fan Association of North America
Watch a demonstration of the language of fans at the 30th Assemblage of the Fan Association of North America.