Feather fans and one with a lace fringe to make you sneeze. Fans d’Eventail, Paris.

Cloud on fan. Late 19th c. Tortoiseshell with marabout (marabou) feather. Maker not known. Image © Fans d’Eventail, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/feather-fans/3105-cloud-on-fan-late-19th-century.html
Mother-of-pearl fan with large pink ostrich feather. ca. 1900-1920. Maker not known. Image © Fans d’Eventail, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/feather-fans/3087-spectacular-ostrich-feather-fan-circa-1900-1920.html
“The Jockey Bears” fan. ca. 1900. Mother-of-pearl sticks and guards with a lace leaf and back silk lining. Maker not known. Image © Fans d’Eventail, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/19th-century-fans/3098-the-jockey-bears-fan-circa-1900-.html

Hand-fans to flirt the evening away. Fans d’Eventail, Paris.

Ivory  brisé  hand-fan painted and varnished with a Biblical scene of Eleazar refusing to eat pork. The guard applied with mother-of-pearl, engraved. Early 18th c. Maker not known. Image © Fans d’Eventail, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/18th-century-fans/3074-eleazar-refusing-to-eat-pork-early-18th-century-fan.html
Hand-fan called a bouquet holder that once closed forms a bouquet of flowers. Paper leaf printed and enhanced with gouache and bone sticks and guards. The guards with mirrors and bouquets in feather and fabric, with two paper hollows at the top of each guard to slip in fresh flowers. ca. 1855. Image © Fans d’Eventail, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/novelty-hands-fans/3075-fan-with-bouquet-circa-1855.html The website at the link has many photographs of it folded up into a bouquet holder holding real flowers.
Large hand-fan, the leaf in black gauze painted with angels fishing and embroidered with needle lace with flowers and foliage. White mother of pearl sticks and guards, engraved and applied with silver leaves. ca. 1890-1895. French. Signed “L. Boillat,” Lucie Boillat having been a French miniaturist painter. Image © Fans d’Eventail, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/19th-century-fans/3085-fishing-angels-fan-by-boillat-circa-1890-95.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. 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

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

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

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

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&