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

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

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

Fan leaves that never did get turned into fans. From the website of Europeana which is a website with items from museums in the European Union.

Painted fan leaf with a landscape of mountains and a rising moon. Intended as a design for a fan. Silk and watercolor. 1850-1900. Dutch/Flemish. Maker not known. Collections of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Image in the public domain. via https://classic.europeana.eu/portal/en/record/90402/RP_T_1951_70.html?utm_source=new-website&utm_medium=button
Fan leaf made from Halas lace. 1910-1914. Austrian. Maker not known. Collections of the MAK – Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna. Image © MAK – Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna. Fair use license. via https://classic.europeana.eu/portal/en/record/15514/T_10073_1093.html?q=fan+leaf#dcId=1599406343719&p=5
Lace fan leaf in the motif of two soldiers and a seven-headed monster. 1915. Lace. Anna Rucsinszki, designer. Staatliche Spitzenschule in Körmök Banya, manufacturer. Austrian. Maker not known. Collections of the MAK – Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna. Image © MAK – Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna. Fair use license. via https://classic.europeana.eu/portal/en/record/15514/T_10073_1075.html?q=fan+leaf#dcId=1599406343719&p=8

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

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.