Fans · Feather Fans · Rare Large Peacock Pheasant Feather and Tortoiseshell Fan


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Origin: Austria

Date: ca. 1880-1900

This rare and beautiful fan is very large for its type - remember all the tiny feathers are hand mounted it must have taken a long time to construct the fan! Wild fowl feather fans were a specialty of Austrian fanmakers. These larger examples were already made in the late 1870s. This fan is much nicer in the flesh, than I was able to show in the photos - it is a dark purple more than a dark blue.

The fan is made of large carved tortoiseshell sticks that are connected via a brown pure silk ribbon (properly replaced) and thousands of tiny irridescent dark purple, blue and green (depending on where the light falls) feathers (probably of the peacock pheasant - Polyplectron napoleonis) with larger Quail (Coturnix ypsilophora) feathers along the top edge.

Length: 12.75" (33 cm) Width: 19.5" (50 cm)

Condition: All original (except for the replaced ribbon) and very good.

Price: SOLD

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