Victorian Mother of Pearl May Queen Fan


Stunning, large mid-19th century fan made of carved mother of pearl sticks and a hand coloured lithograph leaf showing a dancing May Queen and May King. The fan comes with its original tassel and in its original box.




Origin: France and/or Spain

Date: 1845-1855

This fabulous, large mid-19th century fan is made of carved, pierced and gilded (applied gilded silver foil) mother of pearl sticks and a double paper leaf. The front of the leaf shows a beautiful handcoloured lithograph of a country dancing scene involving a May Queen and May King. The reserves show gold coloured scrolls and flowers. The backing leaf imitates vellum and is handpainted with a central spray of flowers.

The fan comes with its original, elaborate pink and gold coloured silk tassel and original cardboard box. The original owner of the fan was a “Mrs A Campbell Sivritas”, as noted in pencil on the inside of the lid.

Length: 10.5″ (26.5 cm) Width: 20″ (51 cm)

Condition: Excellent condition, with antique repairs (made by a jeweller involving silver plates) on both guardsticks which are only visible when viewed on the back. The leaf is in perfect, crisp condition with strong colours. Box and tassel are also in very good condition for their age. A lovely example of this type of fan.