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Georgian/Regency - Fans

The Fan Circle International

The 19th century displays one of the widest varieties of fans produced over the centuries. Fans of every sort can be found in the period from 1801 to 1900, from splendid specimens that equal the best of previous centuries to home decorated examples that were popular from the mid 19th century onwards and promoted as a 'lady-like' hobby.

At the beginning of the 19th century, fans, after their heydays through the 17th and 18th centuries were in a period of decline. With fashion,'simplicity' and rusticity were the order of the day. Fans became very dainty and were often no longer than the size of a persons palm as dresses were slimmer and had smaller pockets. The most popular materials were silk and sequins, ivory and tortoishell. When ivory or tortoishell were used they were often pierced or inlaid with sequins. While presenting a beautiful and delicate facade, these fans were not very practical when it came to cooling a person down and their main function was as a 'necessary' accessory or as an accent to modesty or flirtation. The finest ivory carving was done in London; printed leaves with stipple engravings printed in colours were a Parisian speciality.


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Jamacia AOS - maxi

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