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Object Name Fan
Date ca. 1830-1840
Description Folding fan (Romantic or Rococo Revival style). Printed (lithographed) and hand-colored paper leaf with a pastel-colored romantic scene on each side depicting men and women in historical costume in a garden setting, with flower and leaf border design painted in metallic gold. Drilled and incised white mother-of-pearl (nacre blanche) sticks with applied metallic foil. Riveted at bottom, with metal loop. Made in France. Fan is fully double-sided, with a different style and a different artist on front and back. Leaf is signed on the front with the lithographer's name printed: "Velli / lith. H. Jannin, Paris" and "No. 32." Reverse is printed "Lith H. Jannin, Paris" and "No. 54." End sticks are adhered to guardsticks due to a previous repair. Fan retains its original paper-covered box.
(Keywords: Fashion, Accessory, European, Historicism, Romantic, Rococo Revival)

Acquisition Gift of Elizabeth W. Pouch
Ownership and History Mother-of-pearl sticks and an artistic signed print on each side of the paper leaf give this fan particular elegance. The ladies and gentlemen on one side, with a fringed parasol and powdered wigs, evoke styles of the 18th century, while the men in slashed doublets and ruff collars on the other side might represent Renaissance courtiers. Thus, the subjects in both scenes were nostalgic historical figures even when the fan was new. This decoration relates to revivalist design in 19th century European and American decorative arts, when artists and craftspeople looked romantically toward the past to contrast the rapid industrialization and social change of their own time.
Earliest Date 1830
Latest Date 1840
Material Paper/Mother-of-pearl
Subjects Romances
Lexicon Sub-category Personal Gear
Catalog Number C02.1435--dup001
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Fan Association of North America (FANA), 2011. (
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