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Fan in PaintingAnne of Denmark, Queen of England, Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger c.1611-1614

Fan in Painting Anthony van Dyck Portrait of Maria de TassisAnthony van Dyck Portrait of Maria de Tassis, c. 1629-30

LADY WINDERMERE. Arthur, if that woman comes here, I shall insult her.
LORD WINDERMERE. Margaret, don’t say that.
LADY WINDERMERE. I mean it.
LORD WINDERMERE. Child, if you did such a thing, there’s not a woman in London who wouldn’t pity you.
LADY WINDERMERE. There is not a good woman in London who would not applaud me. We have been too lax. We must make an example. I propose to begin to-night. [Picking up fan.] Yes, you gave me this fan to-day; it was your birthday present. If that woman crosses my threshold, I shall strike her across the face with it. (Lady Windermere's Fan by Oscar Wilde)

Fan in Painting Maximino MunozMaximino Munoz

In 1878, Mr. George Augustus Sala wrote in the 'Catalogue of the Fan-makers' Exhibition at Drapers' Hall "If a thorn was the first needle, no doubt a palm leaf was the first fan."

Leaf-shaped fan of plaited reeds found during archaeological digs are related to third millennium BC.

Fan in Painting Albert Joseph Moore Midsummerid=Albert Joseph Moore Midsummer, 1887

In ancient Rome fans were called "flabellum", they were made with a long handle and required special slaves "flabellifers", who had learned the art of waving the fans gracefully and delicately.
Chinese folding fans were brought to Portugal with Marco Polo expeditions along the Great Silk Road in the 14th century, although the height of their popularity falls within the Renaissance time period.

Fan in Painting Alexandra, Princess of Denmark, Princess of Walesid=Alexandra, Princess of Denmark, Princess of Wales, 1864 n

A fan could cost a fortune - Madame de Pompadour possessed one which cost 9 years of labor and £6000. It was made of paper most artfully cut to imitate lace and painted with miniatures.
The legend has it that in the 16th century Duchess of Mantua had a fan, decorated with rare emeralds. When the Duchess needed cash, she gave it as collateral to a Milan bank. At that time fans, with handles with a secret compartments for poison, were in great demand.
Fan in PaintingLaura Pola, ca. 1544

In the 16th century fans were introduced in France by the Italian parfumers who came n the train of Catherine de Medicis. In Italy and Spain men and women carried fans.

27 fans were enumerated in the inventory of Queen Elizabeth's wardrobe after her death.
In Egypt and Chine screen fans were carried as standarts of war in the 12th century BC.
In theater actors often wrote the text of a play on a fan.

Fan in Painting Diego Velázquez Portrait of Lady with FanDiego Velázquez Portrait of Lady with Fan, 1640-1642

The Language of the Fan was a necessity for the high society, living hectic social life in the Galant Era:
resting the fan on one's lips: "I don’t trust you"
fanning herself with her left hand: "Don’t flirt with that woman"

Fan in Painting Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, Odalisque 1814Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, Odalisque 1814

In the late 17th century fan-making became an important industry in England. In the year 1709 the Company of Fan-Makers as incorporated by letters patent from Queen Anne. So large and important it became, that a writer in the "Westminster Journal" in 1751, proposed a tax upon fans manufactured in the country, which would produce a revenue of £30,000 per annum.
"There is a fan case with a label on which announces that "Robt. Clarke, Fan-Maker to their Royal Highnesses the Duchess and Princess of Gloucester, at his Warehouse No. 26 Strand, near Charing Cross, is sole proprietor of the Fanology, or Conversation Fan; with these Fans Ladies may Converse at a distance on any subject without Speaking."

check out Ladies with Fan Japanese Ukiyo-e Prints
Fan in PaintingGrand Duchess Alexandra Iosifovna, by Winterhalter 1868

Fan in PaintingArtist Unknown Donna Francese Aoto a Martini, ca 1760

Fan in Painting Berthe MorisotBerthe Morisot

Fan in PaintingGerman Princess, 1827

Fan in Painting A Woman holding a Fan , ca. 1640 by Frans HallsA Woman holding a Fan , ca. 1640 by Frans Halls

Princess Elizabeth Esperovna Belosselsky Belosersky, Princess Troubestskoy, 1867

Fan in Painting Jacquet Gustave-JeanJacquet Gustave-Jean

Maria Alexandrovna, Empress of RussiaMaria Alexandrovna, Empress of Russia, 1853

Fan in Painting Franciszek ZmurkoFranciszek Zmurko 1885

Fan in Painting Isabella Clara Eugenia, princess of Spain, by RubensIsabella Clara Eugenia, princess of Spain, by Rubens ca. 1590

Fan in Painting Albert Joseph Moore. The loves of the winds and the seasonsid=Albert Joseph Moore. The loves of the winds and the seasons, 1890-1893

George Owen Wynne ApperleyGeorge Owen Wynne Apperley

Fan in Painting Alexandra, Princess of Gals nee Princess of DenmarkAlexandra, Princess of Gals nee Princess of Denmark , ca. 1899-1900

Fan in Painting Empress Alexandra Feodorovna of RussiaEmpress Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia

Fan in Painting Frederick Leighton Lord OdalisqueFrederick Leighton Lord Odalisque

Maria Luisa de BourbonMaria Luisa de Bourbon 1775

Fan in Painting Francisco de Goya. Portrait of Antonia ZárateFrancisco de Goya. Portrait of Antonia Zárate. c. 1805

Fan in Painting Eduardo Leon GarridoEduardo Leon Garrido

Fan in Painting Gilbert Stuart. Matilda Stoughton de Jaudenes y NebotGilbert Stuart. Matilda Stoughton de Jaudenes y Nebot 1794

Albert Joseph Moore A ReverieAlbert Joseph Moore A Reverie, 1892

Fan in Painting Giraud Eugene Pierre Francois. Spanish Beauty With A Fanid=Giraud Eugene Pierre Francois. Spanish Beauty With A Fan

Fan in Painting Fontano Roberto A Young Girl Holding A FanFontano Roberto A Young Girl Holding A Fan

Fan in Painting George Owen Wynne ApperleyGeorge Owen Wynne Apperley

Archduchess Marie Christine of AustriaArchduchess Marie Christine of Austria, 1760

Fan in Painting Archduchess Maria Josefa of AustriaArchduchess Maria Josefa of Austria, 1760 1765

Fan in Painting John William Waterhouse Sweet nothingsJohn William Waterhouse Sweet nothings, 1880

Fan in Painting Alfred StevensAlfred Stevens

Archduchess Aleksandra Petrovna of RussiaArchduchess Aleksandra Petrovna of Russia, 1830 1835

Fan in Painting Lawrence Alma-Tadema. The finding of MosesLawrence Alma-Tadema. The finding of Moses

Fan in Painting Godward, The Peacock FanGodward, The Peacock Fan, 1912

Fan in Painting

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Fan in Painting John William Waterhouse, FloraJohn William Waterhouse, Flora, 1890

Fan in PaintingMary Cassatt 1873

Fan in Painting1880

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Fan in Painting Mary Cassatt. In TheaterMary Cassatt. In Theater 1879

Fan in Painting Portrait Of Mariana Waldstein Francisco De Goya y LucientesPortrait Of Mariana Waldstein Francisco De Goya y Lucientes

Fan in Painting Portrait of E. Vasilchikova, ca. 1867, by KramskoiPortrait of E. Vasilchikova, ca. 1867, by Kramskoi

Mary Cassatt, 1878

Fan in Painting The Feather Fan, Matteo Corcos Vittorioid=The Feather Fan, Matteo Corcos Vittorio, 1884

Fan in Painting1883

Fan in Painting Queen Elizabeth I of EnglandQueen Elizabeth I of England, 1599, the 'Hardwick Portrait' (Nicholas Hilliard)

Fan in PaintingUnknown Artist. Young Queen Elizabeth of England 1601-02 at the age of three (right), at the age of five (left) and at the age of six (middle)

Frank Dicksee - Portrait of a LadyFrank Dicksee - Portrait of a Lady

Fan in Painting Mary Cassattid=Mary Cassatt, 1877

Fan in PaintingRed Fan

The Woman with a Fan by Goya y LucientesThe Woman with a Fan by Goya y Lucientes

Fan in Painting Two Elegant Ladies Holding Fans by Pedro AntonioTwo Elegant Ladies Holding Fans by Pedro Antonio 1828

Fan in Painting Konstantin Makovsky. Portrait of Maria VolkonskayaKonstantin Makovsky. Portrait of Maria Volkonskaya

Fan in Painting Viktor Bobrov. Portrait of singer LavrovskayaViktor Bobrov. Portrait of singer Lavrovskaya, 1881

Goya y LucientesGoya y Lucientes

Fan in Painting

Fan in Painting Pierre-Auguste Renoirby Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Fan in Painting Woman with a fan ca. 1670 by Isaac LuttichuyWoman with a fan ca. 1670 by Isaac Luttichuy

Fan in Painting Portrait of Yussupova by Friedrich WinterhalterPortrait of Yussupova by Friedrich Winterhalter, 1858

Frederick Leightonby Frederick Leighton

Fan in Painting Portrait Of Young Lady by CabanelPortrait Of Young Lady by Cabanel, ca. 1889

by Ivan Makarov, 1885

Fan in Painting. Princess Tatiana Alexandrovna YussupovaPrincess Tatiana Alexandrovna Yussupova, nee Ribeaupierre, ca 1875

Fabian Perezby Fabian Perez

Fan in Painting

Fan in PaintingNatalia Kazirelova






A 19th century Mother-of-Pearl and Brussels lace (Point de Gaz) fan

Antique Fan Carved Mother Of Pearl 1800’s



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