Fans · Victorian Fans · Duvelleroy - Encounter with Cupid - Painted by S. Drinot


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"Encounter with Cupid" by S. Drinot for Duvelleroy, Paris

Origin: France

Date: ca. 1895/1900

This magnificent large fan is almost certainly a wedding fan. It is made of carved and silvered white mother-of-pearl sticks and a silvery grey silk leaf and silk gauze backing leaf. The front leaf has cutouts through which the silk gauze leaf shows. The sticks show flowers and foliage. The front of the fan  is beautifully handpainted in soft pastel tones (pinks, greys and white) and shows 3 young ladies encountering cupid at a bridge on the right side. Cupid is shown resting against a head? stone on the left side, while two putti are racing past him. The stone bears the initial "K". The centre shows birds leaving a bird cage. The leaf is signed S. DRINOT on the right (Drinot was an accomplished painter who painted many fans for Duvelleroy, particularly the famous double-sided examples - nothing is known about her (him?)). The leaf is also adorned with tiny silver coloured sequins.

Length: 10.75" (27 cm) Width: 20.25" (51.5 cm)

The fan comes in its original satin covered and lined cardboard box that bears the label for Duvelleroy,Paris retailed via Regent Street, London.

Condition: Fan=Excellent, but with a small split in 2 leaf folds of the silk leaf (centre lower edge - the backing gauze leaf is perfect), which have been stabilized and will not cause further problems (see photos). Two adjacent folds are weak, but intact. The box is in very good condition, but the satin on the lid is extensively worn (see photos).

Price: SOLD

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


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