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Fan With Kaleidoscope, Brisé Fan with Kaleidoscope

This is a fan with kaleidoscope. It is dated 1810–1830. Its medium is painted horn, silk, brass, glass, cardboard (case). It is a part of the department.


The carved and elaborately pierced horn sticks of this fan are further embellished with colorful floral decoration. As an added visual amusement, the base houses a tiny cylindrical brass kaleidoscope at the point of juncture. When the fan is closed the sticks align to become a secure handle.

This object was bequest of Ann Hardy. It is credited Bequest of Ann Hardy.

Its dimensions are

H x W x D (open): 15.9 × 29.8 × 2.9 cm (6 1/4 × 11 3/4 × 1 1/8 in.) L x W x D (closed): 16.2 × 2.7 × 1.9 cm (6 3/8 × 1 1/16 × 3/4 in.)

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Fan With Kaleidoscope, Brisé Fan with Kaleidoscope; painted horn, silk, brass, glass, cardboard (case); H x W x D (open): 15.9 × 29.8 × 2.9 cm (6 1/4 × 11 3/4 × 1 1/8 in.) L x W x D (closed): 16.2 × 2.7 × 1.9 cm (6 3/8 × 1 1/16 × 3/4 in.); Bequest of Ann Hardy; 2018-44-11-a/c

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Plastics.

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