Fans · Art Nouveau Fans · Duvelleroy - Midnight Serenade - Painted Silk and Tortoiseshell Art Nouveau Fan by Adolphe Faugeron


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"Midnight Serenade" by A.(dolphe) Faugeron (1866-1944) for Duvelleroy, Paris

Origin: France

Date: ca. 1895

This magnificent large fan is made of carved and gilded tortoiseshell sticks and a double black silk gauze and brown silk leaf. The front leaf has cutouts through which the silk gauze leaf shows. The sticks show typical Art Nouveau butterflies, dragonflies, reeds, flowers and foliage. The front of the fan is beautifully handpainted in soft pastel tones (pinks, greys, browns and white) with gold highlights and shows a 18th century central courting scene (a gentleman serenading a lady) - very much painted in the late 1860s style. The reserves show flowers and a pond scene wth 2 dragonflies. The leaf is signed A. FAUGERON on the centre right. The leaf is also adorned with tiny gold coloured sequins.

Adolphe FAUGERON (1866-1944) was an accomplished French painter who predominantly painted nudes and landscapes.He exhibited regularly at the Salon in Paris (Société des artistes français) of which he became a member in 1883. He received an honorable mention in 1907 and was awarded a third-class medal at the Salon of 1911.

Length: 13.25" (34 cm) Width: 23.75" (60.5 cm)

The fan comes in its original brocaded and silk lined wooden box that bears the label for Duvelleroy,Paris retailed via Regent Street, London. Interestingly, the fan was originally retailed with a small booklet that instructs in the Language of the Fan (La Langage de L'Eventail). This was published by Duvelleroy, presumably as a clever marketing ploy and was protected by copyright, of course.

Condition: Fan=Excellent, but with tiny splits in 2 leaf folds of the silk leaf (centre lower edge - the backing gauze leaf is perfect) (see photos). The rivet is missing its black stone on the back, but the fan opens and closes fine and does not slip off the rivet (enough survives to keep it firmly in place)(see photo). The box is in good condition, but the brocade on the lid is discoloured, there is a stain on the inside of the lid and the metal lace border that once surrounded the lid is missing (see photos).

Price: SOLD

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


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