Mid-18th century French fan at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London - Fans were not only made of painted silks, vellum and other textiles. Others, called brisé fans, were made by carving harder materials into sticks that could be strung together to form a fan. This example is made entirely of mother-of-pearl that has been intricately carved, gilded, and pieced together. When I see something like this, I find myself in awe of the craftsmen who did all of this - by hand.
"Isabelle", from the exhibition "Napoleon and the Empire of Fashion". Lancaster-Barreto collection. Pelisse: Moss green silk taffetas pelisse with sky blue silk lining and Point de Bruxelles lace collar, French or English, ca. 1811. Pumpkin-colored cashmere shawl, Indian, ca. 1810. Gold brooch with sea shell cameo and paste jewels, English/Italian, 1812-1815.
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