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

More beautiful fans from the website of Fan d’éventails in Paris. All of these decorated in an animal theme.

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Red silk leaf fan painted in the design of three swallows returning to Brittany. Late 19th c. French. Red silk leaf with a wood frame. Image © Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/19th-century-fans/2844-breton-swallows-late-19th-century-fan.html

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Dance fan for the 12th swallow’s ball. Swallow’s ball, inscribed “12ter Buchberger Schwalbenball 1879” in German. Fabric leaf with a painted decoration of three swallows and applied with printed fabric. 1879. Austrian. Fabric with a wooden frame. Signed “Eduard Tanzer, Wien (Vienna)” on one of the sticks. Image © Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/19th-century-fans/2839-swallow-s-ball-dance-fan-1879.html

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Silk leaf fan decorated with a golden peacock spread among the bamboos. The ivory guards are in high relief with richly sculpted dahlias, peonies and roses weeping willows and figures in front of temples or pagodas. 19th c. Chinese. Silk and 19th century ivory. Image © Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/oriental-fans/2837-great-chinese-asymmetry-19th-century-fan.html

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Fabric leaf painted with a small field rat design. 1890-1900. French. Fabric leaf with a wooden frame. Signed “Willette” by Adolphe Willette who was a French painter and illustrator (1857-1926). Image © Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/art-nouveau-fans/2846-small-field-rat-fan-by-willette-circa-1890-1900.html

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

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Two fans, the one on the left made for Vera Mint de Ricqlés and the other made for Cherry-Rocher. ca. 20th c. Image © Coutau-Bégariem, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.coutaubegarie.com/lot/94796/9425710?npp=20&offset=60&

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Four cockade fans that advertise various alcoholic beverages. ca. 20th c. Double sheets of paper with wooden frames. Image © Coutau-Bégariem, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.coutaubegarie.com/lot/94796/9425712?npp=20&offset=60&

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Two fans, one for Courvoisier cognac and the other for Sorin cognac. Ca. 20th c. Paper sheets with wooden frames. Image © Coutau-Bégariem, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.coutaubegarie.com/lot/94796/9425716?npp=20&offset=60&

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