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Object Name: Brisé fan
Date: ca. 1800
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Medium: Ivory, ribbon
Dimensions: Closed: 6 5/8 × 1 1/2 × 5/8 in. (16.8 × 3.8 × 1.6 cm)
Place made: Asia, China, Canton
Description: Ivory brisé fan with square-tipped sticks joined by ivory-colored silk ribbon; guards with intricate relief carving and sticks with framed pagodas, floral motifs, and central shield of solid ivory on ribbed ground.
Credit Line: Gift of Isabella Vaché Cox
Object Number: INV.8733
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Marks: handwritten in ink: on note accompanying object: "Carved Ivory Fan sent to / Mrs Maria (Cooper) Pillow / by her son Edward Pillow Jr.(?) / of the British Navy. from / India where he was stationed / for fourteen years. / Given by her to her granddaughter / Eliza Pilcher afterwards Mrs John V. Cox"

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A note accompanying this fan indicates that it was sent to the donor's great-grandmother, Maria Cooper Pillow (b. 1762), from India by her son, Edward Pillow, Jr. Mrs. Pillow eventually passed the fan to her granddaughter, Eliza Pilcher (Mrs. John V. Cox), who passed it to the donor.