Fans · 19th Century Fans · Rare Spangled Silk and Horn Mourning Fan


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Origin: France

Date: ca. 1895/1900

This large, sparkling fan is made of rare carved and pierced dark horn sticks and a double black silk leaf. The sticks have steel clouté applied to them. The front leaf is covered with steel sequins and spangles in various shapes inspired by the First French Empire (Napoleonic style). The centre is dominated by a pansy which is associated with mourning and rememberance in the late Victorian and Edwardian Era.

Length: 9.75" (24.5 cm) Width: 18.25" (46.5 cm)

The fan comes in a cardboard box with the retail label of John Wanamaker, Jewelers, Silversmiths, Art Stationers, New York, Philadelphia, Paris.

Condition: Excellent, but a few sequins are missing on the bottom edge of the leaf and a few sticks have minor insect damage (only visible when the fan is closed)(see photos). 

Price: SOLD

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

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