Hand-fans painted with Mount Vesuvius mostly in eruption, a little souvenir something to take home to your girl when you made a Grand Tour in Europe at mid century, the 19th century, that is.

Hand-fan painted with a depiction of an erupting Mount Vesuvius and the harbor at Naples. ca. 1790. Italian. Silk or possibly chicken skin folded leaf with gilded black lacquer wood sticks. Maker not known. Image © The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota. Fair use license. via https://emuseum.ringling.org/emuseum/objects/13782/fan?ctx=29b65bbe-17ca-47d8-b762-6c693263b1c5&idx=98
Fan depicting the the eruption of Mount Vesuvius over Pompeii in AD 79. ca. 1825. French. Hand-painted parchment, ivory, gilt brass and rhinestones. Maker not known. Part of the exhibit “A Graceful Gift: Fans from the Mona Lee Nesseth Collection” held at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Museum and Galleries, Los Angeles. Image © Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Museum and Galleries. Fair use license. via https://blog.fidmmuseum.org/museum/2016/06/women-are-armed-with-fans.html
Hand fan with a depiction of Mount Vesuvius and the harbor at Naples. Chicken skin leaf with twelve tortoiseshell sticks and guards inlaid with red gold foliage on the sticks and foliage and urns on the guards. Reverse painted in the style of Greek vases with Bacchus on a leopard in the center surrounded by bacchantes and maenads in terracotta orange against black. Terracotta orange, black and cream border, inscribed “Figure estratte da un Vaso Etrusco”, ca. 1790-1800. Italian. Francesco Petilli, maker. Image © Glasgow Museums. Fair use license. via http://collections.glasgowmuseums.com/mwebcgi/mweb?request=record;id=196043;type=101

Hand fans to cool off with. So much prettier than air conditioning. French and all by Eventail Duvelleroy, Paris. An old firm that got a recent reboot. All these fans made afterward.

Apricot petal fan. Contemporary.
Apricot petal fan. Contemporary. Metallic apricot silk leaf with organza petals that open and close. Image © 2019 La Perfection Louis. Fair use license. via https://www.laperfectionlouis.com/products/luxury-hand-fan-apricot-petals

Fan with cream blue and gold tiles design and wooden sticks. Undated.
Fan with cream blue and gold tiles design and wooden sticks. Undated.© 2019 The Fan Museum. Fair use license. via https://www.thefanmuseum.org.uk/shop/duvelleroy-tiles-gold-fan

Parrot fan. ca. 2015.
Parrot fan. ca. 2015. Created by Coralie Marabelle, it won a public award at the Hyères festival in 2015. Image © 2019 The Fan Museum. Fair use license. via https://www.thefanmuseum.org.uk/shop/duvelleroy-parrot-fan

Fans to flirt with . . .fans to cool off with . . . . a fashion I hope is truly coming back . . . .Black, tortoiseshell and gold and ready for the cotillion wherever it may be.

Fan with poetic verses. 1883-84. Tehran, Iran.
Fan with poetic verses. 1883-84. Tehran, Iran. Painted, gilded and lacquered wood. Maker not known. Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In the public domain. via https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/443577?searchField=All&sortBy=relevance&od=on&ft=fan&offset=0&rpp=80&pos=7.

Hand fan. ca 1900.
Hand fan. ca 1900. Tortoiseshell and eagle feathers. Duvelleroy, maker. In the public domain. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Eventail_en_%C3%A9caille_et_plumes_d%27aigle.jpg.

Brisé Fan. ca. 1875
Brisé Fan. ca. 1875. English. Tortoiseshell and brown silk. Maker not known. Collection of the Cooper Hewitt and the Smithsonian Design Museum. In the public domain. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bris%C3%A9_Fan,_ca._1875_(CH_18424371).jpg.

Lady's fan. 19th c.
Lady’s fan. 19th c. Silk with gold sequin embroidery and ebony sticks. Collection of the Auckland War Memorial Museum. Cc Licence 4.0. via Fan, lady’s black silk fan with gold sequin embroidery and ebony sticks..