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This is a wonderful fan. We see it as being an objet d'art as much as an elegant hand fan. We can imagine it beautifully framed and displayed in a handsomely appointed boudoir.

The design of this fan resembles 19th century French or Spanish decorative and folk arts. The wooden sticks have been exquisitely carved in scrollwork patterns that have been hand painted on one side in off white and ornamented with vine like flourishes in shades of metallic gold, red, green, black, aqua and iridescent violet. Set within this intricate latticework are two oval shaped portraits of beautifully dressed women in a garden setting, their rouged lips and cheeks as vibrant as their scarlet dresses. These women appear to be looking at each other with smiles that betray a shared secret.

Along the top of the fan runs a beautiful expanse of linen fabric that has been boldly painted with dramatic waves in red and blue outlined with gestural black lines. Three separate oval "frames" contain gold and black roses.

Although this fan is quite old and has a few tiny areas where paint has worn from use (which we feel adds to its romantic folk art patina) the fan is in excellent structural form with no breakages.


Circa: Late 19th to Early 20th Century


Length: 7.5" / 19cm
Width: 14" / 35.5cm

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Hand Painted Fan, Intricately Carved Wood, Antique

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  • Vintage item from 1900 - 1909
  • Materials: sandalwood, wood, linen, fabric, metal, paint
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Feedback: 156 reviews
  • Favorited by: 183 people