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.

Hand fans from Fan d’éventails, Paris. All perfect for your next enchanted evening.

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Fan painted with a gallantry scene and embroidered with sequins and colored silk threads. ca. 1900. French. Tulle, silk leaf, and a pierced, engraved, and painted mother-of-pearl frame. Signed “N. Fantté.” Image © Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/fr/eventails-xixeme/2783-galanterie-dans-le-gout-de-l-empire-eventail-vers-1900.html
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“The Ages of Life” fan which depicts couples at different stages of life. ca. 1770. Painted skin with a pierced mother-of-pearl frame with applied gold leaf and burgau. Image © Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via
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“Glory and Harem” fan, which depicts a couple in majesty on the front and a harem of women in an exotic landscape on the reverse. ca. 1850. Chromolithographed paper with gouache. Pierced and engraved frame in mother-of-pearl with applied gold leaf in a flower and bird motif. Maker not known. Image © Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/fr/eventails-xixeme/2780-gloire-et-harem-eventail-vers-1850.html

More beautiful hand fans from the website of Fan d’éventails, Paris.

Fan with an orientalist theme, advertising ephemera for the Café de Paris, Armenonville.
Fan with an orientalist theme, advertising ephemera for the Café de Paris, Armenonville. 1913. French. Paper. Signed and dated “Benda 1913.” Image © Fan d’éventails. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/fr/eventails-publicitaires/2791-benda-au-restaurant-volney-eventail-publicitaire-1913.html
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Fan, advertising ephemera for the Volney-Chatham Grill Room Restaurant. 1913. French. Paper. Signed and dated “Benda 1913”. Image © Fan d’éventails. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/fr/eventails-publicitaires/2790-benda-au-restaurant-volney-eventail-publicitaire-1913.html
Candle/roundel fan. Late 18th -early 19th c.
Candle/roundel fan. Late 18th -early 19th c. Fabric with a metal frame. Image © Fan d’éventails. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/fr/eventails-xviiieme/2781-ecran-de-bougie-fin-xviiieme-debut-xixeme-siecle.html

A little souvenir to bring home from your Grand Tour of Europe. 18th century fans decorated with Mount Vesuvius and Stromboli erupting. Just how that would impact your romantic life with a new beau I have no idea. One with scenes of an unidentified fire that fits right in.

Ivory fan painted with an eruption of Mount Vesuvius and other images of the Bay of Naples. 1767.
Ivory fan painted with an eruption of Mount Vesuvius and other images of the Bay of Naples. 1767. Image © 2020 Fieldings Auctioneers Ltd. Fair use license. via https://fieldingsauctioneers.co.uk/lot/162686
Ivory fan with the skin leaf painted with a night eruption of Mount Vesuvius in the Bay of Naples. ca. 1794.
Ivory fan with the skin leaf painted with a night eruption of Mount Vesuvius in the Bay of Naples. ca. 1794. Image © Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.pinterest.com/pin/237494580332985907/?lp=true
Grand Tour fan leaf painted with three eruptions of Vesuvius and Stromboli.
Grand Tour fan leaf painted with three eruptions of Vesuvius and Stromboli. Written in Italian and dated: “Monte Vesuvio come si vede gi giorno , Prospetto del monte di Strongoli, Eruzione del Vesuvio di notte lanno 1793.” 1793. Image © Fan d’éventails. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/fan-leafs/2702-eruptions-of-vesuvius-and-stromboli-grand-tour-fan-leaf-1793.html
Ivory and paper hand fan painted with scenes of an unidentified fire
Ivory and paper hand fan painted with scenes of an unidentified fire. 1780-1790. Italian. Image © 2020 Smithsonian American Art Museum. Fair use license. via https://americanart.si.edu/artwork/fan-30062

Eventail (Hand fans) from the first quarter or so of the last century to tell your story for you. Or not. French. All for sale and taken from the website of Fan d’éventails, Paris.

Hand fan with the paper-fabric leaf painted and the top of the guard made from wood.
Hand fan with the paper-fabric leaf painted and the top of the guard made from wood. 1900-20. Image © Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/19th-century-fans/2749-faience.html
Advertising fan for Grands Magasins du Royal-Haussmann. 1920-30.
Advertising fan for Grands Magasins du Royal-Haussmann. Wooden sticks with the paper leaf printed by Chambrelent. 1920-30. Image © Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/advertising-fans/2744-pub-chien.html
Poppy fan. Bone sticks and painted fabric leaf. ca. 1900-1910.
Poppy fan. Bone sticks and painted fabric leaf. ca. 1900-1910. Image © Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/art-nouveau-fans/2741-pavot-eventail.html
"The Concert," hand fan with a painted paper leaf and wooden sticks. 1904.
“The Concert,” hand fan with a painted paper leaf and wooden sticks. 1904. Joliot, maker. Signed “Joliot ’04.” Image © Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/19th-century-fans/2748-concert.html
The hand-kissing, fan with mother of pearl sticks with a silk leaf embroidered in color threads and painted.
The hand-kissing, fan with mother of pearl sticks with a silk leaf embroidered in color threads and painted. ca. 1900. Signed “RB” and “MB.” Image © Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/en/art-nouveau-fans/2742-baise-main.html

Beautiful antique fans. All lovely. Fan d’Evantails, Paris.

Fan in a balloon shape. ca. 1900-1920. Art Deco in style.
Fan in a balloon shape. ca. 1900-1920. Painted fabric sheet with a bone mount. Maker not known. Image © Fans d’Eventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/fr/eventails-art-nouveau/1828-ballon-art-deco-eventail-vers-1900-1920.html
Clematis fan. Art Nouveau in style.
Clematis fan. Art Nouveau in style. Black gauze embroidered with sequins of various colors. Frame in real or perhaps faux tortoiseshell encrusted with sequins. Image © Fans d’Eventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/fr/eventails-art-nouveau/2349-clematites-eventail-art-nouveau.html
Dragonfly balloon fan. Art Nouveau in style.
Dragonfly balloon fan. Art Nouveau in style. Silk mesh balloon sheet embroidered with golden and pearly pastilles. Horn mount, encrusted with golden pastilles. Image © Fans d’Eventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/fr/eventails-art-nouveau/517-libellule-eventail-art-nouveau.html
Balloon fan, black fan with a sunray motif. Early 20th c.
Balloon fan, black fan with a sunray motif. Early 20th c. Tulle in black embroidered with golden sequins imitating rays. Frame in real or faux tortoiseshell. Image © Fans d’Eventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/fr/eventails-art-nouveau/1637-soleil-noir-eventail-armure-debut-xxeme.html
Fan with a motif of swallows made of lace. ca. 1900.
Fan with a motif of swallows made of lace. ca. 1900. Folded in type with a lace sheet that depicts swallows embroidered with steel pellets. Tortoiseshell frame. Image © Fans d’Eventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/fr/eventails-art-nouveau/440-les-hirondelles-de-dentelle-eventail-vers-1900.html
Fan with a motif of gold poppies. ca. 1905.
Fan with a motif of gold poppies. ca. 1905. Tulle leaf with gold poppies, painted and embroidered with golden sequins. Painted blackened wood frame. Ronot-Tutin, painter. Image © Fans d’Eventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/fr/eventails-art-nouveau/1925-les-pavots-d-or-eventail-de-tutin-vers-1905.html
Fan in the motif of a white peacock. ca. 1905.
Fan in the motif of a white peacock. ca. 1905. Lobed silk sheet painted with a white peacock and embroidered with silver sequins. Horn mount. Signed Thomasse and Duvelleroy. Image © Fans d’Eventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/fr/eventails-art-nouveau/2397-paon-blanc-eventail-de-thomasse-et-duvelleroy-vers-1905.html

Beautiful fans (éventail) made as promotions for Paul Poiret’s perfume line “Rosine.” Various auction houses, mostly located in Paris. 1920’s. Art Deco.

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Advertising card in the motif of a feather fan, a promotion for the scent “Nuit de Chine.” 1920. Polychrome illustrated cardboard. Image © Coutau-Bégarie, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.coutaubegarie.com/lot/12764/2323789
Fans made to promote the scent "Amours, Délices et Orgues." 1925.
Fans made to promote the scent “Amours, Délices et Orgues.” 1925. Japan scented paper printed with stencils and wooden sticks. Image © Piasa Auctions, Paris. Fair use license. via https://piasa.auction.fr/_fr/lot/eventail-publicitaire-parfume-pour-les-parfums-de-rosine-1925-960100#.XZpscEZKhTs
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Promotional fan for the perfume line “Rosine.” Art Deco. Image © Fashion Institute of New York. Fair use license. via https://blog.fitnyc.edu/materialmode/2014/06/24/perfumepublicitypoiret/
Promotional fan for the "Rosine" perfume line. Art Deco.
Promotional fan for the “Rosine” perfume line. Art Deco. Printed paper with wooden sticks. Image © Fan d’éventails, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.fandeventails.fr/fr/eventails-publicitaires/2681-rosine-les-parfums-de-paul-poiret-eventail-publicitaire-periode-art-deco.html
Promotional fan for the  "Aladin" scent from the "Rosine" perfume line. Art Deco.
Promotional fan for the “Aladin” scent from the “Rosine” perfume line. Art Deco. Image ©ADAGP PARIS 2013. Fair use license. via https://faireletourdumondeenparfums.com/paul-poiret-catalogue-de-lexposition-de-grasse/

Fans to snap open and shut between cocktails and drive your new beau nuts. Made to be given away by the people with the casino in Monaco and some of their friends. Much more fun than the plastic things on Amazon. Taken from an October 2018 Coutau Begarie auction catalog.

Fans given away by the Casino in Vichy.
Fans given away by the Casino in Vichy. No date. Maker not known. Image © Étude Coutau-Bégarie, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.coutaubegarie.com/lot/94796/9425691
Fans from an advertising campaign for Pierrot Gourmet Confectioner. No date.
Fans from an advertising campaign for Pierrot Gourmet Confectioner. No date. Double sheets of printed paper with wooden frames. Maker not known. Image © Étude Coutau-Bégarie, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.coutaubegarie.com/lot/94796/9425695
Fan made as an advertisement for Suchard chocolate.
Fan from an advertising campaign for Suchard chocolate with an illustration of a little girl and a saint bernard with a chocolate bar themed background. No date. Maker not known. Image © Étude Coutau-Bégarie, Paris. Fair use license. via https://www.coutaubegarie.com/lot/94796/9425699