Hand-fans from Fans d’Eventail, Paris. All beautiful. Taken from their September email.



Bees and thistles fan. Fabric leaf painted with bees foraging on thistles and bone sticks and guards carved and painted with thistles. ca. 1900. Maker not known. Image © Fans d’Eventail, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/art-nouveau-fans/3056-bees-and-thistles-fan-circa-1900.html
Bird and grappes fan. Painted and embroidered gauze leaf and horn sticks and guards applied with colored mother-of-pearl. ca. 1900. Art Nouveau. French. Duvelleroy, maker. Signed “Duvelleroy” on the back. Image © Fans d’Eventail, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/art-nouveau-fans/3052-bird-and-grappes-duvelelroy-fan-circa-1900.html
Himalayan monal feather fan with tortoiseshell sticks and guards. Late 19th c. Image © Fans d’Eventail, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/feather-fans/3055-himalayan-monal-late-19th-century.html

Hand-fans from Fans d’Eventail, Paris. Not your standard shape or material. All fun and perfect for however many sultry afternoons remain to summer.

Blue butterfly fan. Early 20th c. Art Nouveau. Wood with a painted fabric leaf. Image  © Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via  https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/art-nouveau-fans/3036-blue-butterfly-art-nouveau-fan.html


,  February 1924 “Cat” fixed synthetic fan. Éventail Bte SGDG, patented by René de Garam in February, 1924. Image  © Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/fixed-fans/3031-cat-by-garam-fixed-fan-circa-1925-30.html
Crest and monograms fan in wood applied with some stickers in the style of arte povera. Late 19th c. Image  © Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/19th-century-fans/3028-crests-and-monograms-late-19th-century.html


“Paon” curiosity fan in wood and printed cardboard with advertising on the back for “A. Gambrinus Taverne de Bruxelles  Lille and Bière Lescornez.” ca. 1904. Patented SGDG by Léopold Verger in 1904. Image  © Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/advertising-fans/3030-violets-curisosity-fan-circa-1904.html
“Violets” curiousity fan in wood and printed cardboard. Patented SGDG by Léopold Verger in 1904. Image  © Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/novelty-hands-fans/3029-violets-curisosity-fan-circa-1904.html

Hand-fans with painted scenes. From Fans d’Eventail, Paris. Some may still be available for purchase.

Giant theatre fan with painted with a scene from Voltaire’s “Brutus.” ca. 1790. Printed and painted paper leaf. Image © Fans d’Eventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/18th-century-fans/3011-brutus-by-voltaire-giant-theater-fan-circa-1790.html
Love at the sound of the tambourine. A ivory and bone brisé fan pierced and painted like Vernis Martin and varnished. ca. 1690. Image © Fans d’Eventails, Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/18th-century-fans/3002-love-at-the-sound-of-the-tambourine-fan-circa-1690.html
Tortoiseshell fan with a painted black gauze leaf decorated with the nymphs of the four seasons. ca. 1880-1890. Signed ” Andréas”. With its box from A. Weyl Paris. Image © Fans d’Eventails, Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/19th-century-fans/2996-nymphs-of-the-four-seasons-fan-circa-1880-1890.html
Mother-of-pearl fan with a vellum leaf painted with roses. ca. 1880-1890. Image © Fans d’Eventails, Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/19th-century-fans/3007-roses-fan-circa-1880-1890.html
Hand-fan with wooden sticks and guards and a printed and painted paper leaf depicting Heloise and Abelard, the cursed lovers. Image © Fans d’Eventails, Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/18th-century-fans/3008-the-cursed-lovers-heloise-and-abeilard-fan-circa-1785.html
Ivory hand-fan with pierced and carved sticks and guards with a painted vellum leaf painted with “The Sincere and Faithful Love.” 1862. Signed “Hamon.” Jean-Louis Hamon (1821-1874) having been a French painter representative of the neo-Greek movement who exhibited several times at the Salon and at the 1855 and 1867 Universal Exhibitions. Image © Fans d’Eventails, Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/19th-century-fans/3009-the-sincere-and-faithful-love-fan-by-hamon-1862.html

Antique fans in chiffon and lace. Perfect to flirt with in the heat of summer.

Hand-fan with a silk chiffon and lace leaf that is embroidered with sequins. Wooden sticks and guards. Image © Fans d’Eventail. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/19th-century-fans/2993-chiffon-fan-late-19th-century.html
Large balloon hand fan. Tortoiseshell sticks and guards with a leaf made from needle and bobbin lace applied on black tulle with the lace in an iris and fuschia motif. Art Nouveau.. Image © Fans d’Eventail. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/art-nouveau-fans/2988-iris-and-fuchsias-art-nouveau-fan.html
Hand-fan with a silk chiffon leaf with lace appliqué and metal sequins. Incised and stained mother-of-pearl sticks and guards. 1900-1910. American. Maker not known. Image © 2021 Philadelphia Museum of Art. Fair use license. via https://www.philamuseum.org/collection/object/208541

Hand-fans with painted scenes. Fans d’Eventail of Paris.

Hand-fan painted with what may be a scene from the opera ballet “Ophelia.” ca. 1880-1890. Gauze and silk leaf with wooden sticks. Image © Fans d’Eventail, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/19th-century-fans/2992-ballet-to-ophelia-fan-circa-1880-90.html
En plein coeur hand-fan. ca. 1880-1895. Mother of pearl sticks and guards carved and applied with golden and silver foils. Pointe de Gaze cream colored needle lace leaf embroidered with two skin cartels painted and signed “G. Lasellaz.” Comes with its Duvelleroy fan box. Image © Fans d’Eventail, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/19th-century-fans/2989-en-plein-coeur-fan-by-lasellaz-circa-1880-95.html

Hand-fan with the leaf painted with a mythological scene depicting Hercules and Omphale. ca. 1730. Painted paper leaf with ivory sticks and guards, the guards applied with mother of pearl and painted under mica. Image © Fans d’Eventail, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/18th-century-fans/2987-hercules-and-omphale-fan-circa-1730.html

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