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 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

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&