"Exquisite" describes this antique lady's hand fan.
I believe the fan dates to about 1860 to 1870.
The front of the fan shows a child trying to lead his lamb away from the freshly picked flowers that lay in a basket near two smaller children. The scene to the right of the children shows rushes and other foliage in darker colors. The scenes are hand painted on silk, and the fan is backed in heavily embroidered lace. The scenes are genuinely hand painted. They are not lithographs. There are gold sequins accenting each panel within the fan and along the borders. The sticks are made of hand carved and painted bovine bone. The lace back of the fan is lavishly hand decorated with gold bullion thread embroidery in a french floral pattern showing flower buds and leaves all in gold. I suspect the fan originated in Paris where most of these types of fans were created during this time period. Fans such as this one were purchased by wealthy ladies of the day. This fan should be displayed in a see through glass fan box so both sides can be admired.
The condition is excellent for the age of the fan. There is one 1/2" long pull of lace away from it's stick at the bottom of the fan. This can be put back. I have photographed it for you. On two of the folds in the middle of the fan near the lamb and child you can just barely see a tiny bit of thinning along the fold. It is not torn, just thinning. It would not photograph, and I mention it for accuracy. It does not take away. Those are the only things of note to point out about the lace. All of the sequins are in place. There is a small 1/8th" dark spot on one stick at the bottom and another stick has a tiny shadow mark both of which I have photographed for you. There is some slight paint loss on the figural scenes which show only under magnification. The circle at the bottom of the fan that would have held a tassel has broken in half. The remaining pieces are still attached to the screw at the end of the fan. These can be removed. The fan presents beautifully.
The fan is one of the largest that I have seen measuring 26 1/2" wide when opened at it's widest. It measures 14" tall.
This is a truly beautiful antique lady's fan worthy of a good collection.
ONE THING TO NOTE: WHEN OPENING THE FAN PLEASE DO IT SLOWLY AND CAREFULLY SO AS NOT TO TEAR THE SILK OR LACE.
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Antique Hand Fan 1860-70 Hand Painted
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