Fans · 19th Century Fans · Painted Silk and Lace Art Nouveau Mourning Fan by Maison Kees


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Art Nouveau Half Mourning Fan by Ernest Kees

Origin: France

Date: 1893-1897

This extremely large fan is made of heavy ebony sticks and a double black silk leaf black machine-made French or Spanish floral lace appliqués. The guardsticks are carved to represent the knots on trees (I have only ever seen this done in on mahogany or ebony fans of high quality French fans such as Alexandre, Duvelleroy and Kees). The front of the leaf is handpainted en grisaille  with dragonflies, butterflies and flowering branches. The black silk ribbon attached to the loop is original.

Length: 15" (38.5 cm) Width: 29" (73.5 cm)

The fan comes in its original black paper covered wood and cardboard labelled box. The label reads: EVENTAILS ANCIENS - EVENTAILS POUR CORBEILLES, MAISON ERNEST KEES, SPÉCIALITÉ DE RÉPARATIONS. 9 BOULEVARD DES CAPUCINES, PARIS.

Condition: Fan=Excellent. The silk ribbon attached to the loop is very worn.

Box=Fair. One short side panel of the lid is missing and the box parts are held together with cellutape (see photos) - I would not attempt to remove it, it will come off in time as the glue deteriorates and the box can then be repaired properly.

Price: SOLD

(including packaging & shipping via Registered, Insured & Tracked Airmail)

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