Fans · Victorian Fans · Rare Viennese Brise Fan with Applied Early Photographic Portrait by Franz Theyer


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Origin: Austria (Maker: Franz Theyer, Vienna)

Date: ca. 1860

This very rare large brisé fan is made of dark brown wooden (probably satinwood) sticks that are connected via a pale brown/beige coloured pure silk ribbon (original). The front of the fan is beautifully handpainted with violets and shows an applied and handtinted photographic portrait of a demure young lady dresses in a purple dress. The fan is signed F.(ranz) Theyer in Wien on the front.

Franz Seraphin Theyer (1809–1871) was a Viennese merchant and artisan, who had an interest in early photography and electrotyping. He later established an artistic woodworking workshop, where he manufactured small interior items and fans such as this type (which also exists in ivory) that incorporated his love for photography. His fans were custom-made and exclusive for a very wealthy clientle, including European Royalty.  His work gained recognition at several exhibitions including the International Exhibition of 1862 (Great London Exposition).

The reverse is handpainted with a courtyard. This is signed Clotilde (almost certainly the original owner).

Length: 9.5" (24 cm) Width: 17.5" (45 cm)

Condition: Excellent (see photos).

Price: SOLD

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