This exquisite fan is entirely hand-painted in the style of a fan from the time of Marie-Antoinette: it dates from around 1870-80. Sprays of flowers and bows surround two small landscape vignettes which, in turn, frame a central'Hymen' scene of lovers. The painted scenes are edged with masses of tiny silver and gold sequins, and the finely carved sticks bear trophies of musical instruments and flowers: every other stick is pierced with delicate filigree carving. The reverse of the fan does appear to be of fine cream silk, rather than paper.
It is in very good condition, apart from what appear to be two small burn marks in the top left corner of the reverse. Of the fan (see photograph).
Although attributed to Duvelleroy, it could also have been made by Faucon, or another of the later 19th-century Parisian fan-makers producing work of the first quality. This fan is a prodigious example of the fan-makers art from that time, and comes in a contemporary fan box labelled'TIFFANY & Cie. 36bis AVENUE DE L'OPÉRA, PARIS'. Measurements: Length when closed - 9.5 inches; width when open - just over 17 inches. The item "A fine French fan/éventail attributed to Duvelleroy of Paris" is in sale since Wednesday, October 17, 2018.This item is in the category "Antiques\Other Antiques". The seller is "suffolk-3hr" and is located in Halesworth. This item can be shipped worldwide.
Duvelleroy (or possibly Faucon), Paris