Fans · Wedding Fans · French Carved Ivory Wedding Fan by Voisin


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Origin: France

Date: ca. 1865-1875

This large fan is made of  exquisitely carved ivory sticks and a double cream silk faille satin (front) and white paper (back) leaf. The backing paper leaf is made to immitate skin. The guardsticks are carved with trailing roses, turtle doves and butterflies. The internal sticks show amazing roses, forget-me-nots and bindweed. This fan was almost certainly a wedding fan. The owner or one of her descendants handpainted both sides at a much later stage (probably in the late 1880s - judging by style of the umbrella/parasol on hte front and the Art Nouveau dragonflies on the revers). The front shows three birds taking shelter from the rain under a parasol/umbrella. The reverse shows trailing flowers/branches, birds and blue dragonflies. The flowers are arranged in a way that appears to spell out the initials "CJ". The painting is unsigned. The fan has an elaborate silk tassel attached to its loop.

Length: 11.5" (29.5 cm) Width: 22" (56 cm)

The fan comes in its original cardboard box. The fan was made by Voisin, Paris. Voisin was one of the chosen fan manufacturer's of the Empress Augusta of Germany, and was awarded silver medals at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1875 and 1878 (as printed on his later fan boxes).

Condition: Very good. The sticks are almost perfect with the exception of 2 tiny hairline fractures (see last photos) and two tiny orange age spots (see photos). The front leaf has a few slightly darkened outer folds (just mentioned for total accuracy) and the backing leaf has a few light brown spots around its folds on the right side and two on the left  (near the bird) (see photos).

The box is a litte worn on the outside, but generally in very good condition.

Price: SOLD

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


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