18th century hand fans, each painted with a pretty scene. From the March offerings of Fans d’Eventail of Paris.

Hand-fan with a skin leaf painted with the biblical scene of the return of the prodigal son. Painted skin leaf with carved, pierced and engraved ivory sticks and guards with dancer motifs. 1700-1720. Maker not known. Image © Fans d’Eventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/18th-century-fans/2966-the-return-of-the-prodigal-son-fan-circa-1700-1720.html
Brisé painted and varnished hand-fan, the leaf painted with a scene of a group having a picnic. Pierced ivory sticks and guards. Early 18th c. Maker not known. Image © Fans d’Eventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/18th-century-fans/2964-the-snack-early-18th-century-fan.html

Hand-fan with the skin leaf mounted in the English style, painted with what could be episodes from the goddess Diana’s life, including a scene with Diana watching over Endymion’s sleep. Painted skin leaf with the back painted with flowers. Ivory sticks and guards, pierced, engraved and applied with gold leaf. 18th-19th c. Maker not known. Image © Fans d’Eventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/18th-century-fans/2971-d.html

Fans to make your own breeze, whenever summer comes back. All of these being recent offerings from Fans d’Eventails of Paris.

Balloon-shaped fan with a two-register cabriolet leaf in the original box. Central silk cartel painted with a gallant scene at the castle of cards signed “J.E. Baguès“. Made of silk and fishnet painted and embroidered with golden sequins and pierced and painted horn or imitation horn sticks and guards. ca. 1900. Box imprinted on the interior in gold “Ernest Kees, fabrique d’eventails, Paris.” Image ©  Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/art-nouveau-fans/2951-cabriolet-and-card-castle-fan-by-kees-circa-1900.html
Calypso and Ulysse fan. Painted paper leaf. Ivory sticks and guards, the guards having applied tortoiseshell and mother of pearl. ca. 1720-1730. Image ©  Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/18th-century-fans/2957-calypso-and-ulysse-fan-circa-1720-30.html

Note: This fan has ivory sticks and guards but is 200 years old so I am using it here. I would not if it was later in date. Should my using it bothers you please don’t look. Thank you!

Balloon-shaped fan, the black gauze leaf painted with the flower market on the place de Madeleine in Paris with two very Parisian cats being courted by suitably dressed up gallants under the amused eyes of the flower sellers, while the wife of one of the courtiers is stunned and ready for scandal. ca. 1900-1910. Black gauze leaf with tortoiseshell sticks, inlaid with steel sequins and serpentine guards. Signed “Duvelleroy” on the reverse Image ©  Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/art-nouveau-fans/2950-cats-at-the-flower-market-fan-circa-1900-1910.html
Three-lobed silk fan painted with an elegant woman with pearls. Embroidered with sequins. Semi-sultane sticks and guards in a synthetic material that imitates tortoiseshell. ca. 1900-1920. Image ©  Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/art-nouveau-fans/2952-elegant-with-pearls-fan-circa-1900-1920.html

Fans with floral decorations, the better to flirt the afternoon away. From Fans d’Eventails of Paris.

Advertising fan for Parfum Godet’s scent “Parmi les Fleurs” which was released in 1924. Wooden sticks and guards with a printed paper leaf. Image © Fans d’Eventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/advertising-fans/2941-parfum-godet-parmi-les-fleurs-advertising-fan.html
Roses bone brisé fan, carved and painted. Late 19th c. Image © Fans d’Eventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/19th-century-fans/2942-roses-late-19th-century-fan.html
Shepherdess and gentleman motif fan with floral decorations. Painted skin leaf with ivory sticks and guards that are pierced, carved, and have applied golden foils. ca. 1760-1770. Image © Fans d’Eventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/18th-century-fans/2933-shepherdess-and-gentleman-fan-circa-1760-70.html
Hand-fan with decorations in the motif of round bouquets. Horn pierced and painted sticks and guards. ca. 1820-1825. Image © Fans d’Eventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/19th-century-fans/2934-round-bouquets-fan-cica-1820-25.html

Feather fans. Not your average kind. All fun and guaranteed to make you sneeze.

Bird flies away fan, Various feathers with synthetic sticks and guards and the head of a bird applied on the master guard. ca. 1900. Image © Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/feather-fans/2940-bird-flies-away-fan-circa-1900.html
Antique ostrich feather fan on a tortoise shell color base. ca. 1930. Image  © 1995-2021 eBay Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.ebay.com/itm/Antique-Ostrich-Feather-Fan-Orange-Ombre-on-Tortoise-Shell-Base-/184562809443
“X-Colorful” folding hand held flapper marabou feather fan. Roaring Vintage style. Plastic staves and feathers. Image © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07VJMLLM2/ref=sspa_dk_detail_0?pd_rd_i=B07F28C3Z4&pd_rd_w=McZZh&pf_rd_p=f0355a48-7e73-489a-9590-564e12837b93&pd_rd_wg=4qS4V&pf_rd_r=ECJMYSWTJG91X7GRBHSV&pd_rd_r=8f70fb18-dfbd-4250-9b5f-453bc6aec233&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUFEVkNVUERUUjEyQzEmZW5jcnlwdGVkSWQ9QTAxMzc0NzEzOUlUSTlTRVQwVVI2JmVuY3J5cHRlZEFkSWQ9QTA4MTA0MjkyTUg2MzBORDc2TExVJndpZGdldE5hbWU9c3BfZGV0YWlsX3RoZW1hdGljJmFjdGlvbj1jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ&th=1

Fans painted with coronations from the website of Fans d’Eventail, Paris. Can’t get grander than that.


Fan with a skin leaf painted with the coronation of Joseph II of Austria, Holy Roman Emperor. Ivory with pierced, carved, painted and varnished sticks and guards, applied with mother of pearl. ca. 1765. Image  ©  Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/18th-century-fans/2927-coronation-of-joseph-ii-holy-roman-emperor-fan-circa-1765.html


Fan with a silk leaf painted with the coronation of Charles IV of Spain and embroidered with sequins and golden thread. Ivory sculpted, pierced and carved sticks and guards with applied gold foils and burgau. ca. 1788. Image  ©  Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/18th-century-fans/2597-coronation-of-charles-iv-of-spain-fan-circa-1788.html

Hand-fans with painted scenes, one with horses and a dog. Twentieth century. All from the website of Fans d’Eventail, Paris.

Pastiche fan decorated with a blind man’s bluff scene. Painted skin leaf with ivory sticks and guards painted and varnished in the taste of the 18th century in the style of vernis Martin. ca. 1900. French. Lancret, maker. Image © Fans d’Eventail, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/19th-century-fans/2890-blind-man-s-buff-by-lancret-pastiche-fan-circa-1900.html
“Cnarming Moments” fan. Finely painted skin leaf with mother of pearl sticks and guards, carved and decorated with gold foils, burgau and green stones. ca. 1900. French. Jules Donzel, painter (1865-1927). Signed by the painter. Duvellroy, maker. Maker’s mark for Duvellroy on the reverse. Image © Fans d’Eventail, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/19th-century-fans/2891-charming-moments-fan-by-donzel-circa-1900.html

Fan with a silk leaf painted with a dog and horses with mother of pearl sticks and guards. ca. 1920. Maker not known. Image © Fans d’Eventail, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/art-nouveau-fans/2889-dog-and-horses-fan-circa-1900.html

Feather fans from Fans d’Evantail, Paris. Making me want to sneeze already.

Ostrich feather dance card fan with pierced tortoiseshell sticks and guards and a gold mounted ivory dance card concealed in the master guard. ca 1900. Ostrich feathers with tortoiseshell and gold mounted ivory dance card. Part of the exhibition “Eventail en Plumes, un vent de folie” held in 2016 at the Charles VII Museum. Image © Fan d’éventails. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/feather-fans/2904-let-s-dance-dance-card-fan-circa-1900.html
Peacock feather fan with tortoiseshell sticks. The leaf being a marquetry of peacock feathers. Early 20th c. Peacock feathers and tortoiseshell. Image © Fan d’éventails. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/feather-fans/2894-peacock-early-20th-century-fan.html

1920s hand fans from the website of Fans d’Eventail, Paris. Two that advertise something and the third a commemorative fan connected with a reception in 1922. Nicer than getting a free travel mug. All you get now.

Advertising fan for Bas Marny. Art Déco. Wooden sticks and a printed paper leaf that is numerated #134. Image © Fan d’éventails. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/advertising-fans/2898-bas-marny-advertising-fan-art-deco-period.html
Commemorative fan for the reception of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers which happened on June 16, 1922. 1922. Wooden fan with a printed paper leaf. Image © Fan d’éventails. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/advertising-fans/2897-institution-of-mechanical-engineers-souvenir-fan-1922.html


Advertising fan with Mistinguett for Cherry Regals. 1920s. Printed paper with wood sticks. by Charles Gesmar who lived from 1900 to 1928. Image © Fan d’éventails. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/advertising-fans/2899-mistinguett-and-cherry-fan-by-gesmar-circa-1920.html

More promotional Fans (eventail) advertising various French alcoholic beverages. All fun with great artwork. From the website of Coutau-Bégarie in Paris.

Dubonnet fan with a double sheet of printed paper with identical decoration on both sides and a wooden frame. after Cassandre. ca. 1932. Image © Étude Coutau-Bégarie, Fair use license. via https://www.coutaubegarie.com/lot/94796/9425717?npp=100&sort=1&
“Champagne de Castellane” fan, double sheet of paper printed in the style of Alphonse Mucha with a wooden frame. ca. 1900. Duvelleroy Paris Fans, maker. Image © Étude Coutau-Bégarie, Fair use license. via https://www.coutaubegarie.com/lot/94796/9425718?npp=100&sort=1&
Champagne Marceaux fan with double sheets of paper printed after L. Bonnotte showing a policeman watching the wind lift the skirts of an elegant woman with the Sacré-Cœur and the Butte Montmartre in the background and a wooden frame. 1921. Image © Étude Coutau-Bégarie, Fair use license. via https://www.coutaubegarie.com/lot/94796/9425719?npp=100&sort=1&
“Le pesage d’Auteuil d’après Sem” fan with a double sheet of printed paper and a wooden frame. Vintage. Image © Étude Coutau-Bégarie, Fair use license. via https://www.coutaubegarie.com/lot/94796/9425720?npp=100&sort=1&

Fans, each with a happy theme, from Fans d’Eventail of Paris. Taken from their new for September, 2020 collection. And no I do not know them but the fans in their monthly emails are beautiful.



“Childhood Memories” fan with a silk leaf painted by the French painter and illustrator Edmond Malassis (1874-1944). 1899. French. Silk leaf with bone sticks and guards carved and painted with iris. Signed, dated and dedicated:  “A la meilleure des tantes, le plus irrespectueux des neveux E. Malassis 1899.” Image © Fans d”Evantails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/art-nouveau-fans/2856-childhood-memories-fan-by-malassis-in-1899.html

“Gallant Dance and Music” fan with the paper leaf painted and signed by Lasellaz. Late 19th c. Painted paper leaf, and mother-of-pearl sticks and guards that are pierced, carved and applied with golden foils. Painted skin back. Image Image © Fans d”Evantails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/19th-century-fans/2851-gallant-dance-and-music-fan-by-lasellaz-late-19th-century.html
“The Toilette” fan with a silk leaf painted and signed by French painter Gustave Noel (1823-1881 or 1895). ca., 1860-1865. Painted silk leaf with mother-of-pearl sticks and guards, delicately pierced, carved and applied with golden foils an burgau. Image © Fans d”Evantails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/19th-century-fans/2857-the-toilet-fan-by-gustave-noel-circa-1860-65.html