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Origin: France (Sticks) and England or France (Leaf)

Date: 1910

This sparkly fan is inspired by H.M. Queen Mary's favourite fan which is part of the Royal Collection where it is called "Fan depicting Bacchus and Ariadne". In 1910,  the Queen gave permission for the fan leaf of 'Bacchus and Ariadne' (then thought to represent Rinaldo in the Garden of Armida) to be reproduced in colour on satin-finished cotton as a supplement to the Christmas issue of The Gentlewoman. It was also depcited on the opening colour plate of the famous book "History of the Fan" by G. Woolliscroft Rhead, also published in 1910 (see the last 3 photos). All was done to coincide with the beginning of H.M. King George V and H.M. Queen Mary's tenure following the death of Edward VII. Fortunately, I was able to acquire an unmounted fan leaf and also, by pure chance, a copy of the original magazine (the unmounted leaf and magazine are not for sale, but I would be happy to provide a photocopy of the relevant 2 pages of the magazine). Many of the fan leaves were mounted in 1910, some were given as Christmas and New Year's Eve presents.

This fan is made of gold painted, carved and pierced bone sticks and the single printed satin leaf. The sticks show small flowers and scrolls.

Length: 7.75" (19.5 cm) Width: 13.5" (34.5 cm)

The fan comes in its original cardboard box.

Condition: Perfect. The box has small split in a corner of the lid (nothing really).

Price: £80

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


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