Rare Lily of the Valley Wedding Fan


Very rare and beautiful Victorian wedding fan made of bone sticks and a handpainted satin leaf with applied feathers and Lily-of-the-Valley.



Origin: France

Date: 1880-1890

This is a very rare and beautiful late Victorian wedding fan. Never seen another one even remotely like it! The fan is made of bone sticks and a double satin and silk mix leaf. The front leaf is handpainted with Lily-of-the-Valley, the quintessential flower associated with weddings, as it symbolizes purity and happiness. The upper edge of the fan has feathers and Lily-of-the-Valley flowers attached. The flowers are handmade of fabric, wire, paper and wax. The wispy ends of some feather have tiny pieces of green feathers attached that are arranged in sprays – very time consuming to make these I would imagine. This type of fan is also classed as a bouquet fan, as  they appear like a bouquet when closed. Ever so rare!

Length: 12.75″ (32 cm) Width: 24″ (60 cm)

Condition: Very good, usable condition (see photos). The backing guardstick has an antique repair/joint – it is where two section of bone were originally glued together to make up the length of the stick (the standard way of making fan sticks). Instead of using glue to re-join the two stick sections, a jeweller used a metal plate and two rivets. This fan was obviously a treasured family heirloom and whoever owned it wanted to pass it on to the next generation. Since it is on the back of the fan, it does not detract.