Feather fans from the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Perfect for making pesky beaux sneeze.

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Ostrich feather fan. ca. 1890. American. Ostrich feathers with tortoiseshell sticks and guards and silk ribbon, cord and tassel. Image © 2020 Philadelphia Museum of Art. Fair use license. via https://www.philamuseum.org/collections/permanent/208608.html?mulR=391085298|6
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Feather fan. Early 20th c. French. Feathers and tortoiseshell. Maker not known. Image © 2020 Philadelphia Museum of Art. Fair use license. via https://www.philamuseum.org/collections/permanent/222861.html?mulR=513171259|36
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Ostrich feather fan with amber sticks. 1926. French. Maker not known. Image © 2020 Philadelphia Museum of Art. Fair use license. via https://www.philamuseum.org/collections/permanent/194926.html?mulR=2110526476|57
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Peacock feather fan with tortoiseshell sticks. Early 20th c. Possibly made in France. Maker not known. Image © 2020 Philadelphia Museum of Art. Fair use license. via https://www.philamuseum.org/collections/permanent/191186.html?mulR=1806677540|58
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Orange feather fan with plastic handle. ca. 1920s. American. Maker not known. Image © 2020 Philadelphia Museum of Art. Fair use license. via https://www.philamuseum.org/collections/permanent/90739.html?mulR=836025900|66

More beautiful hand fans from the website of Fan d’éventails, Paris. So much prettier than an air conditioner and you can flirt with them too . .. Not sure they are open in real time but if you email about getting one I’m sure they’ll write you back.

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Filigree silver brisé fan with ribbon. Late 19th c. Image © Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/19th-century-fans/2815-silver-flower-late-19th-century-fan.html
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Tulips brisé fan with the horn sticks and guards finely pierced in the middle with a tulips frieze. ca. 1815-1825. Image © Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/19th-century-fans/2797-tulips-fan-circa-1815-25.html
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Cathedral light brisé fan. Finely pierced horn painted and encrusted with steel sequins with the tops of the sticks and guards sculpted in the Gothic style with the rivet head in clover. ca. 1830. Image © Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/19th-century-fans/2818-cathedral-light-fan-circa-1830.html

More lovely fans to flirt the day away. All of these with painted scenes. From the website of Fan d’éventails, Paris. (and available for purchase).

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Fan depicting blind man’s bluff, a game of love. Late 19th c. Painted skin leaf and mother of pearl sticks. Signed “Lucas.” Image © Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/19th-century-fans/2811-blind-man-s-buff-of-love-fan-by-lucas-late-19th-century.html
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Fan painted with a gallantry scene in the Empire style. Late 19th c. Painted silk leaf with pierced, carved and painted bone sticks and guards with applied mother of pearl. Image © Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/19th-century-fans/2813-the-balls-late-19th-century-fan.html
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Fan painted with scenes depicting the sweetness of Chinese life. ca. 1840-1850. Printed and painted paper leaf with pierced and carved bone sticks and guards with applied golden foils. Image © Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/19th-century-fans/2809-sweetness-of-chinese-life-fan-circa-1840-50.html
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“Minuet” pastiche fan. 19th c. Skin leaf painted in the 18th century style in the taste of Watteau with the reverse in silk. Painted skin with mother of pearl sticks and sculpted, pierced and carved mother of pearl sticks with applied gold foil. Image © Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/19th-century-fans/2808-minuet-pastiche-fan-19th-century.html

Feathery fans to wave around and make everyone sneeze. Eventail Duvelleroy, Paris. An old firm that got a recent reboot. All of these from their website which you can find at eventail-duvelleroy.fr.

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Burgundy ostrich and ebony hand-fan. Contemporary. Handmade in France. Ostrich feathers with an ebony frame. Image © Eventail Duvelleroy. Fair use license. via https://eventail-duvelleroy.fr/en/fans/eventail-autruche-pourpre-ebene
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Blue and silver pamille cabriolet hand-fan. Contemporary. Hand made in France. Rooster feathers and silk with an ebony frame. Image © Eventail Duvelleroy. Fair use license. via
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Triple peacock hand-fan. Contemporary. Handmade in France. Peacock feathers with a mother-of-pearl frame. Image © Eventail Duvelleroy. Fair use license. via https://eventail-duvelleroy.fr/en/fans/eventail-triple-paon
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Nude ostrich and ebony hand-fan. Contemporary. Handmade in France. Ostrich feathers with an ebony frame. Image © Eventail Duvelleroy. Fair use license. via https://eventail-duvelleroy.fr/en/fans/eventail-autruche-rose-poudre-ebene

I’m no expert but they collect the feathers when the birds molt. As far as I know all birds molt. In any case, the feathers would have to be sustainably sourced as there is essentially no market for anything new with feathers that someone went out and shot a bird to get so nobody would bother to make anything from them as you can’t sell them.

Hand fans from Fan d’éventails, Paris. All perfect for your next enchanted evening.

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Fan painted with a gallantry scene and embroidered with sequins and colored silk threads. ca. 1900. French. Tulle, silk leaf, and a pierced, engraved, and painted mother-of-pearl frame. Signed “N. Fantté.” Image © Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/fr/eventails-xixeme/2783-galanterie-dans-le-gout-de-l-empire-eventail-vers-1900.html
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“The Ages of Life” fan which depicts couples at different stages of life. ca. 1770. Painted skin with a pierced mother-of-pearl frame with applied gold leaf and burgau. Image © Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via
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“Glory and Harem” fan, which depicts a couple in majesty on the front and a harem of women in an exotic landscape on the reverse. ca. 1850. Chromolithographed paper with gouache. Pierced and engraved frame in mother-of-pearl with applied gold leaf in a flower and bird motif. Maker not known. Image © Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/fr/eventails-xixeme/2780-gloire-et-harem-eventail-vers-1850.html

More beautiful hand fans from the website of Fan d’éventails, Paris.

Fan with an orientalist theme, advertising ephemera for the Café de Paris, Armenonville.
Fan with an orientalist theme, advertising ephemera for the Café de Paris, Armenonville. 1913. French. Paper. Signed and dated “Benda 1913.” Image © Fan d’éventails. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/fr/eventails-publicitaires/2791-benda-au-restaurant-volney-eventail-publicitaire-1913.html
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Fan, advertising ephemera for the Volney-Chatham Grill Room Restaurant. 1913. French. Paper. Signed and dated “Benda 1913”. Image © Fan d’éventails. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/fr/eventails-publicitaires/2790-benda-au-restaurant-volney-eventail-publicitaire-1913.html
Candle/roundel fan. Late 18th -early 19th c.
Candle/roundel fan. Late 18th -early 19th c. Fabric with a metal frame. Image © Fan d’éventails. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/fr/eventails-xviiieme/2781-ecran-de-bougie-fin-xviiieme-debut-xixeme-siecle.html

A little souvenir to bring home from your Grand Tour of Europe. 18th century fans decorated with Mount Vesuvius and Stromboli erupting. Just how that would impact your romantic life with a new beau I have no idea. One with scenes of an unidentified fire that fits right in.

Ivory fan painted with an eruption of Mount Vesuvius and other images of the Bay of Naples. 1767.
Ivory fan painted with an eruption of Mount Vesuvius and other images of the Bay of Naples. 1767. Image © 2020 Fieldings Auctioneers Ltd. Fair use license. via https://fieldingsauctioneers.co.uk/lot/162686
Ivory fan with the skin leaf painted with a night eruption of Mount Vesuvius in the Bay of Naples. ca. 1794.
Ivory fan with the skin leaf painted with a night eruption of Mount Vesuvius in the Bay of Naples. ca. 1794. Image © Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.pinterest.com/pin/237494580332985907/?lp=true
Grand Tour fan leaf painted with three eruptions of Vesuvius and Stromboli.
Grand Tour fan leaf painted with three eruptions of Vesuvius and Stromboli. Written in Italian and dated: “Monte Vesuvio come si vede gi giorno , Prospetto del monte di Strongoli, Eruzione del Vesuvio di notte lanno 1793.” 1793. Image © Fan d’éventails. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/fan-leafs/2702-eruptions-of-vesuvius-and-stromboli-grand-tour-fan-leaf-1793.html
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Ivory and paper hand fan painted with scenes of an unidentified fire. 1780-1790. Italian. Image © 2020 Smithsonian American Art Museum. Fair use license. via https://americanart.si.edu/artwork/fan-30062

Eventail (Hand fans) from the first quarter or so of the last century to tell your story for you. Or not. French. All for sale and taken from the website of Fan d’éventails, Paris.

Hand fan with the paper-fabric leaf painted and the top of the guard made from wood.
Hand fan with the paper-fabric leaf painted and the top of the guard made from wood. 1900-20. Image © Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/19th-century-fans/2749-faience.html
Advertising fan for Grands Magasins du Royal-Haussmann. 1920-30.
Advertising fan for Grands Magasins du Royal-Haussmann. Wooden sticks with the paper leaf printed by Chambrelent. 1920-30. Image © Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/advertising-fans/2744-pub-chien.html
Poppy fan. Bone sticks and painted fabric leaf. ca. 1900-1910.
Poppy fan. Bone sticks and painted fabric leaf. ca. 1900-1910. Image © Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/art-nouveau-fans/2741-pavot-eventail.html
"The Concert," hand fan with a painted paper leaf and wooden sticks. 1904.
“The Concert,” hand fan with a painted paper leaf and wooden sticks. 1904. Joliot, maker. Signed “Joliot ’04.” Image © Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/19th-century-fans/2748-concert.html
The hand-kissing, fan with mother of pearl sticks with a silk leaf embroidered in color threads and painted.
The hand-kissing, fan with mother of pearl sticks with a silk leaf embroidered in color threads and painted. ca. 1900. Signed “RB” and “MB.” Image © Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/art-nouveau-fans/2742-baise-main.html

Beautiful fans from Fan d’éventails, Paris. So useful if your corset lacing is too tight and you start to swoon at that holiday ball.

Fan. ca. 1910. Macaw feather with tortoiseshell.
Fan. ca. 1910. Macaw feather with tortoiseshell. Maker not known. Image © Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/feather-fans/2723-ara-eventail-en-plumes-vers-1910.html
Fan. ca. 1890.
Fan. ca. 1890. Black and red cock/rooster feathers and wood with marquetry. Image © Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/feather-fans/2722-black-and-red-feather-fan-cica-1890.html
Fan. ca. 1900.
Fan. ca. 1900. Armour fan encrusted with violet sequins with wooden sticks and guards. Image © Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/art-nouveau-fans/2733-la-vie-en-violet-fan-circa-1900.html
Imperial pineapple fan. ca. 1805-1810.
Imperial pineapple fan, the pineapple being a tribute to the Empress Joséphine who was born on Martinique. ca. 1805-1810. Silk leaf embroidered with green silk thread and gold sequins with bone. Image © Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/19th-century-fans/2729-imperial-pineapple-fan-circa-1805-10.html

Beautiful fans (éventail) made as promotions for Paul Poiret’s perfume line “Rosine.” Various auction houses, mostly located in Paris. 1920’s. Art Deco.

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Advertising card in the motif of a feather fan, a promotion for the scent “Nuit de Chine.” 1920. Polychrome illustrated cardboard. Image © Coutau-Bégarie, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.coutaubegarie.com/lot/12764/2323789
Fans made to promote the scent "Amours, Délices et Orgues." 1925.
Fans made to promote the scent “Amours, Délices et Orgues.” 1925. Japan scented paper printed with stencils and wooden sticks. Image © Piasa Auctions, Paris. Fair use license. via https://piasa.auction.fr/_fr/lot/eventail-publicitaire-parfume-pour-les-parfums-de-rosine-1925-960100#.XZpscEZKhTs
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Promotional fan for the perfume line “Rosine.” Art Deco. Image © Fashion Institute of New York. Fair use license. via https://blog.fitnyc.edu/materialmode/2014/06/24/perfumepublicitypoiret/
Promotional fan for the "Rosine" perfume line. Art Deco.
Promotional fan for the “Rosine” perfume line. Art Deco. Printed paper with wooden sticks. Image © Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/fr/eventails-publicitaires/2681-rosine-les-parfums-de-paul-poiret-eventail-publicitaire-periode-art-deco.html
Promotional fan for the  "Aladin" scent from the "Rosine" perfume line. Art Deco.
Promotional fan for the “Aladin” scent from the “Rosine” perfume line. Art Deco. Image ©ADAGP PARIS 2013. Fair use license. via https://faireletourdumondeenparfums.com/paul-poiret-catalogue-de-lexposition-de-grasse/