Delicately delicious antique, beautifully carved fan of bone or ? in the Japanica style, popular in the 1880s through 1890s, French Doll or Doll House size. Purchased from the estate of the famous English Doll Collector and Expert Vivien Greene, wife of the famous novelist Graham Greene.
Vivien became enamored with collecting dolls and dollhouses during the second World War. To fill her time during the darkest days of the war, after discovering her first doll house in a small antique shop, she began seeking out antique dolls' houses and furnishings, researching their history, and restoring the houses, filling the Greenes' rented home with her miniature world.
After Graham Greene walked out on his family in the 1940s, Vivien travelled the world to add to her collection, becoming a noted authority in the field of antique dolls' houses and their social history. Her notes record 1,500 dolls' houses that she examined in North America, Europe and South Africa. She even made the journey to Communist East Germany to research 19th century makers of miniature furniture. In the 1960s Greene gave her the money to build the Rotunda, a doll's house museum at her home near Oxford. By the mid-1990s, the Rotunda contained some 41 miniature castles, cottages and manors, all furnished down to the last tiny piece of porcelain. Her collection was auctioned off in London in 1998.
The fan measures 2.5 inches long top to end of handle by 1.75 inches across the widest part.
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