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This would probably have been a mourning fan. The dark coloration and simple “night sky” sequined decoration suggest it to be one for use during a mourning phase. But the beauty of it makes it one you’ll treasure and even pull out to use for elegant evenings at opera or similar events. Almost “jeweled”, the sequins and the pique work combine to make it a shimmer of brilliant gold and silver light, like the stars in the heavens to which one’s loved one has been dispatched in death. You can see why it was a mourning fan, no? The fan is so well preserved, and has been housed in a later 1800s fan box, as shown, which will stay with this fan even though we don’t think it’s original to the fan. A stunning old beauty, this is one I’m tempted to keep.
Very good to excellent for age and type. Normally the old lace mesh ones are quite tattered, and the more so with sequin embroidery because the sequins are metal and tend to be a little heavy. But this one is really not damaged. The sticks and guards are unbroken, I see no restoration evidence at all. It isn’t even missing sequins, is it? I don’t see any. What a treasure!
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Antique French Fan, Black Mesh Embroidered with Sequins, Pique Work c. 1830
$372 USD SOLD
San Marcos, CA
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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