Large, elegant circa 1890 ladies’ hand fan features a silver-grey silk organza leaf, beautifully painted on one side with a lush floral garden scene in pink, white, maroon, fawn, yellow, and green. The top of the leaf is edged in gold paint, and the artist’s name, A. Sibon, appears in the lower left of the painting (see photo #3).
The fan’s guards and 15 ribs are made of silver painted wood, decorated on both guards and the front of the sticks with carved and painted floral designs in silver, gold, fuchsia, violet, and blue. Each guard design includes a delicate pink dragonfly as well.
A brass loop attached by cream glass rivets forms the handle, which has a museum inventory tag attached to it.
The fan measures a generous 15” tall, and 27” across when opened. It is in very good to excellent condition, with the silk of the leaf intact and the colors of the painting vibrant as ever, but minor losses to the silver paint on the wood (most visibly in the middle of the 7th stick from the right and at the base of the guards; see photo #5).
In addition, the bottom of the leaf needs to be reattached to three sticks in front (the 4th, 5th and 6th from the right; see photo #7).
A fine example for the collector or display, this richly decorated fan certainly invites reveries about the gowns it once formed ensembles with!
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