The Fan Museum

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The museum owes its existence to the vision of Hélène Alexander and her late husband, A.V (Dicky) Alexander. When the museum opened its doors to the public back in 1991, the Alexander’s had already been working on the project for some five years. Hélène, over a prolonged period, had amassed an internationally significant collection of fans, fan leaves and associated literature (now numbering over

4000 objects) and the founding of The Fan Museum reflected her desire to promote, conserve, and display fans to a wide audience. In the intermittent years, the museum has staged over sixty temporary exhibitions covering a diverse range of themes: from “Children in Fans” through to “Imperial Fans from The Hermitage”, visitors to the Greenwich based museum have been treated to exhibitions of great depth and artistic merit.

Join our Curator Ailsa Hendry this Saturday 16th September as she gives a series of short talks on the permanent galleri...
14/09/2023

Join our Curator Ailsa Hendry this Saturday 16th September as she gives a series of short talks on the permanent galleries. Talks are at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Admission charges apply.

Celebrating International Women’s Day with some important people at The Fan Museum, whose care of our buildings and coll...
08/03/2023

Celebrating International Women’s Day with some important people at The Fan Museum, whose care of our buildings and collections make us what we are. Thank you to them and all women everywhere for their voices and expertise

Tomorrow, our new exhibition Coronations and Celebrations is open. Come and visit to see centuries of royal fans from ac...
31/01/2023

Tomorrow, our new exhibition Coronations and Celebrations is open. Come and visit to see centuries of royal fans from across the continent in commemoration of the crowning of King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla, who has for many years shown a keen interest in our work. Featuring a special printed fan marking the restoration of King Charles II nearly 400 years ago.

For more information please visit our website.

Happy New Year! Here is a sneak peek of the new permanent displays in The Green Room. We look forward to welcoming you b...
20/01/2023

Happy New Year! Here is a sneak peek of the new permanent displays in The Green Room. We look forward to welcoming you back soon ✨

Join us tomorrow, 19th November, for the next Curator in Residence! ✨Join our Curator Ailsa Hendry on the ground floor a...
18/11/2022

Join us tomorrow, 19th November, for the next Curator in Residence! ✨

Join our Curator Ailsa Hendry on the ground floor as she gives a series of short talks on the permanent galleries. The event continues in the Orangery with etching and printing demonstrations - by artist, teacher, poet, and actress, Helen Adie. Our current exhibition, Brisé, continues on the first floor.

Check the link in our bio for more information.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTThis Christmas season, see The Fan Museum in a new light.Museum by Candlelight - a magical new take ...
01/11/2022

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT
This Christmas season, see The Fan Museum in a new light.
Museum by Candlelight - a magical new take on our exhibition spaces to mark the festive season.

Wednesday 14th to Saturday 17th Dec
16h30-19h00 each evening

Limited tickets on sale now: https://www.thefanmuseum.org.uk/events/museum-by-candlelight

Join us on Saturday, 22nd October, for the next Curator in Residence!Join our Curator Ailsa Hendry on the ground floor a...
18/10/2022

Join us on Saturday, 22nd October, for the next Curator in Residence!

Join our Curator Ailsa Hendry on the ground floor as she gives a series of short talks on the permanent galleries. The event continues across the Museum with etching demonstrations - as practised by the makers of some of the fans in our current seasonal exhibition Brisé - by artist, teacher, poet, and actress, Helen Adie.

Pre-booking is not required but tickets can be bought on our website.

The event is offered free of charge in addition to standard Museum entry costs.

✨New Shop Items✨We are pleased to announce that new tote bags are available in our shop. Only available at The Fan Museu...
10/10/2022

✨New Shop Items✨

We are pleased to announce that new tote bags are available in our shop. Only available at The Fan Museum. Pick one up when you visit or order on our website.

From Wednesday 28th September, The Fan Museum hosts its newest seasonal exhibition of 2022 - Brisé - which sees fans fro...
28/09/2022

From Wednesday 28th September, The Fan Museum hosts its newest seasonal exhibition of 2022 - Brisé - which sees fans from across the world spanning centuries of culture.

The brisé fan is usually a ‘folding’ fan without a ‘leaf’, dating back as far as perhaps 8th Century Japan, through to Korea, and coming to Europe via Dutch and Portuguese trading ports in China.
In this showcase of East-meets-West, discover how international trade, collaboration and enterprise has resulted in some of the finest examples in The Fan Museum’s collections.

Running until 17th December 2022, Brisé promises to be yet another “vision of beauty” in this unique “hidden gem”.

Admission to the Museum can be booked via thefanmuseum.org.uk or else on the door on arrival. Opening times are Wednesday to Saturday each week, 11h00-17h00 (last admissions at 16h30).

The Fan Museum mourns the loss of Queen Elizabeth II and extends its thoughts and prayers to His Majesty the King, Her M...
12/09/2022

The Fan Museum mourns the loss of Queen Elizabeth II and extends its thoughts and prayers to His Majesty the King, Her Majesty the Queen Consort our esteemed patron, and the royal family. The Museum will close on the day of the state funeral.

Pictured: 2012 commissioned fan to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee. Painting by Charles Summers and monture by Sylvain le Guen.

Our hugely popular monthly fan making workshops recommence next week on Saturday 6th August.LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE.Boo...
29/07/2022

Our hugely popular monthly fan making workshops recommence next week on Saturday 6th August.

LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE.

Book online or over the phone: call the Museum on 02083051441.

Yesterday, Interim Curator Ailsa Hendry visited Brighton Museum with The Fan Circle International to look at advertising...
27/07/2022

Yesterday, Interim Curator Ailsa Hendry visited Brighton Museum with The Fan Circle International to look at advertising fans collected by Martin Battersby and speak to Martin Pel, Curator of Fashion and Textiles, about his research on Battersby. Here are some of the beautiful advertising fans we saw ✨

✨Curator in Residence - Tomorrow✨From 13.00-16.30hrs you can see Peony Girl Siyuan Ren painting her enchanting silk fans...
22/07/2022

✨Curator in Residence - Tomorrow✨

From 13.00-16.30hrs you can see Peony Girl Siyuan Ren painting her enchanting silk fans alongside our Bouquet of Fans exhibition. On the ground floor Interim Curator Ailsa Hendry will be giving short talks on the permanent displays at 13.00, 14.00, 15.00, & 16.00hrs. We look forward to seeing you!

Pre-booking is not required and the event is free in addition to standard museum entry ticket costs.

We’re excited to announce that our next Curator in Residence will feature a demonstration of silk painting from the Peon...
11/07/2022

We’re excited to announce that our next Curator in Residence will feature a demonstration of silk painting from the Peony Girl, Siyuan Ren. On Saturday, 23 July, join us on the upper floor gallery to see her work along side the mesmerising floral fans featured in our Bouquet of Fans exhibition. Curator in Residence continues on the ground floor where Interim Curator Ailsa Hendry will give a series of talks on aspects of our permanent galleries.

❧ Silk Painting Demonstration: 13h00 - 16h30 ❧

No pre-booking required. Admission is free in addition to standard museum entry costs.

Join us on Wednesday 25 May for the second instalment of Season II of 'Talking Fans'. Join TFM Curatorial Assistant, Ail...
18/05/2022

Join us on Wednesday 25 May for the second instalment of Season II of 'Talking Fans'. Join TFM Curatorial Assistant, Ailsa Hendry, who will be exploring printed dance fans and their role in the Georgian assembly room.

For booking info, please visit our website: https://www.thefanmuseum.org.uk/news/talking-fans-season-ii

Image: Folding Fan, c. 1800. The Fan Museum Trust Collection, LDFAN2018.95.

The Fan Museum invites you to visit our new exhibition…The first-floor galleries have bloomed with the astounding beauty...
17/05/2022

The Fan Museum invites you to visit our new exhibition…

The first-floor galleries have bloomed with the astounding beauty of ‘A Bouquet of Fans’! Curated by The Fan Museum’s Founder and Director Hélène Alexander MBE, the vast array of floral designs on show span the centuries dating back to the late 16th Century.

We hope to see you soon!

Please visit our website for opening times: https://www.thefanmuseum.org.uk/

Join us on the evening of Wednesday 27th April for the launch of Season II of 'Talking Fans'. The first of four online p...
20/04/2022

Join us on the evening of Wednesday 27th April for the launch of Season II of 'Talking Fans'. The first of four online presentations will be given my TFM Consultant, Mary Kitson, whose chosen topic is the artist George Sheringham (1884-1937) and his distinctive fan paintings.

For booking info, please visit our website: https://www.thefanmuseum.org.uk/news/talking-fans-season-ii

We're pleased to announce that 'Talking Fans', our popular series of online curatorial presentations restarts next month...
28/03/2022

We're pleased to announce that 'Talking Fans', our popular series of online curatorial presentations restarts next month with a talk by TFM Consultant, Mary Kitson on the artist and fan painter, George Sheringham (1884-1937). Follow the website link for booking instructions and to preview the schedule: https://www.thefanmuseum.org.uk/news

Join us tomorrow, Saturday 19th March, for Curator in Residence! TFM Curator, Jacob Moss, will be in the museum througho...
18/03/2022

Join us tomorrow, Saturday 19th March, for Curator in Residence! TFM Curator, Jacob Moss, will be in the museum throughout the day offering free-to-attend short talks on aspects of the ground floor displays.
You can also visit our current exhibition, ‘The Allure of Lace’, on the upper floor of the museum.
Event schedule (13h00-16h00)
Ground floor: 15-20 minute talks every half hour
Pre-booking not required. This event is offered free of charge but in addition to standard Museum entry costs.
For more information, please contact: [email protected].

We are delighted to announce the launch of a new partnership with Art UK, the ‘online showcase for art in every UK publi...
21/02/2022

We are delighted to announce the launch of a new partnership with Art UK, the ‘online showcase for art in every UK public collection’.

Our dedicated collection page features more than seventy fans from the private collection of the Museum’s Founder, Hélène Alexander and The Fan Museum Trust Collection. Each fan is beautifully photographed and enriched with detailed descriptions of its imagery, design, manufacture and context.

The Fan Museum’s Curator, Jacob Moss says: the Museum appreciates the opportunity to highlight its treasures on Art UK and we encourage everyone to explore our collections page and enjoy the outstanding artistry of fans throughout the ages.

Explore our collections on Art UK: https://artuk.org/discover/artworks/view_as/grid/search/collections:the-fan-museum

Following today's reopening of The Fan Museum, we are pleased to announce the return of our ever-popular ‘Curator in Res...
16/02/2022

Following today's reopening of The Fan Museum, we are pleased to announce the return of our ever-popular ‘Curator in Residence’ initiative.

Join us on Saturday 19th February when Curator, Jacob Moss, will be on site throughout the day offering free-to-attend short talks based on different aspects of the ground floor displays. Our current exhibition ‘The Allure of Lace’ continues on the upper floor of the Museum where you’ll also find lace maker Tina Pedrick in residence. Alongside one of her students, Tina will demonstrate different lace making techniques and encourage visitors to try their hand at lace making, too.

Event Schedule (13h00-16h00)
Ground Floor: 15 minute talks every half hour.
Upper Floor: lace making demonstrations and opportunities for visitors to try their hand at lace making.

Pre-booking not required. This event is offered free of charge but in addition to standard Museum entry costs. For more information, please contact: [email protected]

Following on from the Museum’s annual January closure, we are pleased to announce our reopening to the public on Wednesd...
11/02/2022

Following on from the Museum’s annual January closure, we are pleased to announce our reopening to the public on Wednesday 16th February 2022. The year begins with a continuation of our current exhibition, ‘The Allure of Lace’, an intricate display of the Museum’s finest lace fans dating from the 18th century onward.

The Museum will be open each week from Wednesday to Saturday, 11.00-17.00hrs with last admissions at 16.30hrs. Whilst the Orangery is not yet available for public refreshments, we invite visitors to ask the General Manager about private hires or small functions.

For more information, please visit our website: www.thefanmuseum.org.uk

Wishing everyone a very merry Christmas from The Fan Museum.Although we are now closed, we will reopen to the public on ...
23/12/2021

Wishing everyone a very merry Christmas from The Fan Museum.

Although we are now closed, we will reopen to the public on 16th February 2022 and look forward to seeing you for the final weeks of our seasonal exhibition, The Allure of Lace.

Until then, we hope you enjoy a very restful New Year.

Join us at 19h00 on Wednesday 22nd December for the final installment of our digital series 'Talking Fans'. Our speaker,...
16/12/2021

Join us at 19h00 on Wednesday 22nd December for the final installment of our digital series 'Talking Fans'. Our speaker, TFM Founder/Director, Helene Alexander MBE will offer a lighthearted and suitably festive edition focusing on fans decorated with seasonal subjects. Please visit our Eventbrite page to book: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/talking-fans-christmas-lecture-with-tfm-founder-helene-alexander-tickets-167865120093

Image: Folding fan with mother of pearl monture, the lace leaf with painted insert depicting a skating party; signed Van Garden. France, ca. 1900. The Fan Museum, HA Collection

There's still time to book tickets for our next online event, 'Talking Fans: The Whole World is Angelicamad!' Scheduled ...
22/11/2021

There's still time to book tickets for our next online event, 'Talking Fans: The Whole World is Angelicamad!' Scheduled for 19.00hrs on Wednesday 24th November, Art Historian and TFM consultant, Mary Kitson will explore the Kauffmann craze via painted and printed fans.

For more information and booking instruction, head over to Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/talking-fans-the-whole-world-is-angelicamad-tickets-167861254531

Talking Fans > The Whole World is Angelicamad! A talk by TFM's consultant, Mary Kitson

Today is the day! The Fan Museum is thrilled to announce its reopening to the public following an extended period of clo...
10/11/2021

Today is the day! The Fan Museum is thrilled to announce its reopening to the public following an extended period of closure. We greatly look forward to welcoming visitors to 'The Allure of Lace', our new exhibition curated by Hélène Alexander, the Museum's Founder and Director.
Please visit our website for revised opening times: https://www.thefanmuseum.org.uk/visiting

Following an extended period of closure, The Fan Museum is pleased to announce its reopening to the public on Wednesday ...
29/10/2021

Following an extended period of closure, The Fan Museum is pleased to announce its reopening to the public on Wednesday 10 November 2021.

Visitors to the UK’s only Museum devoted to the history, culture and artistry of the fan will find updated ground floor displays featuring an array of treasures, including an important fan painting by the post-Impressionist artist, Paul Gauguin and modernist masterpieces by fan maker extraordinaire, Sylvain Le Guen.

The first floor galleries, with their elegant, paneled interiors, will, from Winter through to early Springtime, play host to a sensational exhibition of the Museum’s finest lace fans. Aptly titled 'The Allure of Lace', the exhibition (curated by the Museum's Founder, Helene Alexander MBE) will feature more than seventy European fans incorporating both handmade and machine lace leaves dating from the 18th century to present day. Highlights include a spectacular late-19th century folding fan with intricate lace seascape fashioned by Belgian lace maker, Jenny Minne-Dansaert, and a fine quality Brussels lace fan mounted on blonde tortoiseshell sticks enriched with gold work, diamonds and enameling by maison Fabergé.

The Fan Museum’s Curator, Jacob Moss says: 'It is with much excitement that we prepare to welcome visitors back to the Museum, who I’m sure will greatly enjoy our first exhibition since closing back in March 2020. Prepare to be dazzled by the beauty & craftsmanship which is The Allure of Lace!'

For more information about the exhibition, please contact: [email protected]

The Fan Museum is pleased to announce the launch of ‘Mapping London’s Fan Makers’ on the Layers of London website. Pleas...
30/09/2021

The Fan Museum is pleased to announce the launch of ‘Mapping London’s Fan Makers’ on the Layers of London website.
Please follow the link to obtain access: https://www.layersoflondon.org/map/collections/682

A culmination of many months of painstaking research, the interactive map features the names and locations of 200+ fan makers, fan painters and associate workers active in London in the 17th and 18th centuries. Many of the entries link through to fans & associated objects in other museum collections and are further enriched with biographical details, unfolding stories of migration, poverty and even crime!

Take a tour of the map and discover the fascinating history of London’s fan trade and learn more about the craftspeople and entrepreneurs involved in the making and selling of handheld fans during a period when London’s fan makers achieved a pinnacle of productivity and ingenuity.

Yesterday morning TFM curator, Jacob Moss spoke to Gemma Cairney on BBC Radio 6 Music about fans and The Fan Museum. If ...
03/09/2021

Yesterday morning TFM curator, Jacob Moss spoke to Gemma Cairney on BBC Radio 6 Music about fans and The Fan Museum. If you'd like to listen in to their brief conversation, head over to BBC Sounds where the '6 Museum' segment begins at around 1.07.00.
Follow the link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000z719

Gemma curates your musical choices in the People's Playlist.

Talking Fans > The Fan Museum Digital Talks: Autumn/Winter 2021Following the success of our recent ‘The Fan Museum at 30...
20/08/2021

Talking Fans > The Fan Museum Digital Talks: Autumn/Winter 2021

Following the success of our recent ‘The Fan Museum at 30’ anniversary series of online talks, we are pleased to announce the launch of ‘Talking Fans’, a series of four presentations for the 2021 Autumn/Winter season. Delivered by the Museum’s expert curatorial staff, each of the four talks will cover a different aspect of the multi-layered history, culture, and artistry of the fan.

Please visit our website for booking information and schedule of talks: www.thefanmuseum.org.uk/news/talking-fans-autumn-winter-2021

The Fan Museum is recruiting! Please visit our website to find out more about current employment opportunities: www.thef...
29/07/2021

The Fan Museum is recruiting! Please visit our website to find out more about current employment opportunities:
www.thefanmuseum.org.uk/vacancies

Find out more about job opportunities at The Fan Museum.

'The Fan Museum at 30' series of free-to-attend online talks continues at 19.00hrs on Wednesday 07 July when the Museum'...
30/06/2021

'The Fan Museum at 30' series of free-to-attend online talks continues at 19.00hrs on Wednesday 07 July when the Museum's curator, Jacob Moss revisits the 2014 exhibition, 'Seduced! Fans & the Art of Advertising'. Booking info here:
https://www.thefanmuseum.org.uk/events/the-fan-museum-at-30

On Wednesday 5th May 2021, The Fan Museum marked the special occasion of its thirtieth anniversary. Due to COVID-19, cel...
14/05/2021

On Wednesday 5th May 2021, The Fan Museum marked the special occasion of its thirtieth anniversary. Due to COVID-19, celebrations were inevitably curtailed, but the Museum’s Director and small team of staff were able to meet (socially distanced, of course) for a glass of champagne and a spectacular birthday cake themed around the Museum’s brand colours and distinctive logo.

Following on from the small reception attended by staff only, the Museum’s Founder and Director, Hélène Alexander gave a memorable talk to an online audience of more than eighty. Launching The Fan Museum at 30 series of online talks, her personal musings on several of the Museum’s past exhibitions were greatly enjoyed by all who attended. Please visit our website to find out more about the next talk in The Fan Museum at 30 series, scheduled for Wednesday 2nd June: https://www.thefanmuseum.org.uk/news/the-fan-museum-at-30-digital-lecture-series

The Fan Museum's Curator, Jacob Moss presents the latest episode in The Arts Society's 'Lectures from Home' video series...
21/04/2021

The Fan Museum's Curator, Jacob Moss presents the latest episode in The Arts Society's 'Lectures from Home' video series. Head over to their YouTube channel and watch Jacob explore from multiple perspectives the story of one mid-eighteenth century fan from The Fan Museum's collections, its leaf painted with a medley of trompe l'oeil images, including a portrait of Maria, Countess of Coventry. Follow the link to watch: https://youtu.be/s8Pgc4b1MCA

Image: Folding fan, England, ca. 1755/60. The Fan Museum, Helene Alexander Collection.

2021 marks thirty years since The Fan Museum first opened to the public. To celebrate this landmark anniversary, we're l...
06/04/2021

2021 marks thirty years since The Fan Museum first opened to the public. To celebrate this landmark anniversary, we're launching a series of free-to-attend online talks, each exploring a different aspect of the Museum’s extensive archive of fan-themed exhibitions. Talks will take place on the Zoom conferencing platform and advance booking is essential. To book places, please email [email protected] stating your full name and the title/s of the talk/s you would like to attend.
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The Fan Museum at 30: Schedule of Talks

19.00–20.15 hrs BST, Wed 05 May 2021.
The Fan Museum at 30: 'Director’s Choice.'
Join The Fan Museum’s Founder and Director, Hélène Alexander as she reflects on 30 extraordinary years (to the day!) of exhibition making. Curator, Jacob Moss will facilitate a richly illustrated presentation in which Mrs Alexander will highlight just one exhibition from each of the past three decades she’s presided over. The talk will conclude with a short Q&A. If you would like to put questions to Mrs Alexander, please do so in advance by emailing [email protected]

19.00–20.15 hrs BST, Wed 02 June 2021.
The Fan Museum at 30: 'The Romantic Age.'
Join Mary Kitson, The Fan Museum consultant and Secretary to the Fan Circle International as she reflects on the 2019 exhibition, 'The Romantic Age'. Mary will discuss some of the exhibition’s key themes and illustrate a selection of early to mid-19th century fans featured within the displays.

19.00–20.15 hrs BST, Wed 07 July 2021.
The Fan Museum at 30: 'Seduced! Fans & the Art of Advertising.'
Join The Fan Museum’s curator, Jacob Moss as he reflects on the 2013 exhibition, 'Seduced! Fans & the Art of Advertising'. Jacob will discuss some of the key themes within the exhibition and present a colourful array of promotional fans dating from the late-19th century to interwar period.

19.00–20.15 hrs BST, Wed 04 August 2021.
The Fan Museum at 30: TBC
Details of the final talk in the current series coming soon.

Visit our website for more information: https://www.thefanmuseum.org.uk/news/the-fan-museum-at-30-digital-lecture-series

We take this opportunity to extend seasonal greetings to all our Facebook friends and followers. Your continued interest...
18/12/2020

We take this opportunity to extend seasonal greetings to all our Facebook friends and followers. Your continued interest in and support of The Fan Museum during this unprecedented year is wholly appreciated. We look forward to welcoming visitors back in 2021 when the Museum celebrates its thirtieth anniversary.

Meanwhile, please enjoy this selection of winter-themed fans from our collections and do remember to visit our website for last-minute Christmas gifts, news updates, feature articles and much more besides: www.thefanmuseum.org.uk

Head over to our online shop where you'll find a super variety of affordable, fan-themed gifts, including limited editio...
01/12/2020

Head over to our online shop where you'll find a super variety of affordable, fan-themed gifts, including limited edition Street Fans, crystal encrusted brooches, sustainable socks, finely embroidered handkerchiefs, 2021 calendars and much more besides. And remember - each and every purchase helps to support The Fan Museum during these challenging times.

https://www.thefanmuseum.org.uk/shop

Enriching The Fan Museum Trust collection in 2020: an update from TFM Curator, Jacob Moss...In a year beset by innumerab...
16/11/2020

Enriching The Fan Museum Trust collection in 2020: an update from TFM Curator, Jacob Moss...

In a year beset by innumerable challenges caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic, The Fan Museum benefited from a number of interesting additions to its collections, including major acquisitions and gifts from Friends, supporters and members of the public - some of which are reviewed in brief here.

At the start of year, when few could have predicted the tumultuous months and events which lay ahead, The Fan Museum acquired an extraordinary folding fan (images 1-2) decorated by Gustave Doré (1832-1883). Dated ca. 1870, the fan’s mother of pearl sticks support a canepin leaf decorated with an original artwork signed by the artist. The subject is loosely based around a vision of Love vanquishing Evil and features warring putti, fantastical beasts and other grotesque entities reminiscent of illustrations made by the artist to accompany a deluxe edition published in 1861 of Dante’s epic poem, the 'Divine Comedy'. Doré’s imaginary troops, deftly rendered in ink, watercolour and gouache, form battle-ready brigades flanking the principle figures of Satan (astride a dragon, thrusting his pitchfork) and Love (charging toward the enemy upon Pegasus).

This year the Museum was also fortunate to add to its existing collection of fans crafted by contemporary fan maker, Sylvain Le Guen. 'Carreaux à Pique' is an extraordinary confection which displays Le Guen’s trademark ‘Pop-Up’ innovation and incorporates complex sculptural forms based on the Japanese paper art of origami. Fashioned from two layers of black silk organza and mirrored foil, the cabriolet-style leaf is paired with needle-shaped sticks of polished ebony wood and demonstrates Le Guen’s technical prowess and artful approach to his specialist craft (images 3-4).

A generous bequest was made by a longstanding Friend of The Fan Museum, Mary Cosh, who sadly passed away earlier this year. During her lifetime the donor was an enthusiastic collector of hand fans and the Museum was pleased to take ownership of several interesting examples from her private collection. Highlights include a late-18th century Grand Tour souvenir fan (image 5) with finely carved ivory sticks supporting a kid skin leaf painted with a panoramic view of St Peter’s Square, Rome. The scene, populated throughout with figures going about their daily business or simply admiring the sites, brilliantly captures the hustle and bustle of the Italian city at a time when the Grand Tour was especially fashionable.

From the same bequest, an earlier-eighteenth century fan (image 6) is painted with a rather more unusual, Biblical subject – Christ calling the Apostles – for it would seem that New Testament subjects are something of a rarity within the field of fans, or at least within The Fan Museum’s collections. Here the subject decorating the leaf is adapted from an etching by Dutch print maker, William van der Gouwen (1650-1720).

Of a similar period and style, and also part of the Mary Cosh bequest, is a fan with ivory sticks inlaid at the gorge with mother of pearl, the pivot end carved in the round to resemble an acorn, suggesting English workmanship. The single leaf is painted on one side with an unidentified Classical subject within scenic borders inhabited by butterflies and minute characters painted in the popular Chinoiserie style (image 7). The reverse is painted with Hector, commander of the Trojan armies bidding farewell to his wife Andromache and their son Astyanax (image 8). The source of this particular composition we can trace back to an etching (image 9) by Jean Moyreau (1691–1762) after an oil painting by Bon Boullogne (1649-1717) held in the collection of the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Troyes.

Also of interest is a recently donated English fan, circa 1740, the leaf decorated with an etching titled ‘Cleopatra & Marc Antony’ and enlivened with washes of bright watercolour (image 10). Sadly, the design carries no evidence of the print publisher’s name, which may or may not have been lost in the process of cutting the leaf in preparation for mounting. The design does, however, resemble other fan prints published at a similar date by an industrious figure of which comparatively little is known: Martha Gamble. Those keen to learn more about Ms Gamble should read Kirsty Hassard’s article, 'Martha Gamble, Sarah Ashton and their Contemporaries' published in 'European Fans in the Seventeenth & Eighteenth Centuries' (eds. Miriam Volmert, Danijela Bucherand) and/or visit the British Museum’s website to explore their online database which features a number of Gamble’s fan prints, including etchings after Hogarth’s ‘Harlot’s Progress’: www.britishmuseum.org/collection

The Fan Museum collection database URLs linking to each fan discussed within the text:
1. www.thefanmuseum.org.uk/collections/fan1094745
2. www.thefanmuseum.org.uk/collections/fan1094751
3. www.thefanmuseum.org.uk/collections/fan1195985
4. www.thefanmuseum.org.uk/collections/fan1195991
5. www.thefanmuseum.org.uk/collections/fan1195961

Hop into a sedan chair & join us as we travel back to the year 2016 when   the exhibition ‘Town & Country’ brought our t...
27/10/2020

Hop into a sedan chair & join us as we travel back to the year 2016 when the exhibition ‘Town & Country’ brought our twenty fifth anniversary celebrations to a spectacular close. The exhibition provided an unusual perspective on a fascinating theme – depictions of the built environment – and brought together a fine selection of mostly eighteenth century fans decorated with stately houses, architectural landmarks, bustling city squares, parks & pleasure gardens.

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2021 is a great year for the London Fan Museum. He will be celebrating his 30th birthday.

On this occasion, a cycle of lectures is available online, upon prior registration.

Here's the link:
https://www.thefanmuseum.org.uk/news/the-fan-museum-at-30-digital-lecture-series
Among the most remarkable fans of the online sale News-Memories-Claims online, you will discover this mask range created for Ayala champagne.

Double sided, black side, red side, it has two eye ports. Venice carnival references are very present.

This type of fan is known in the 18st century. The London Fan Museum has a very rare example.
This original fan has seduced other champagne houses such as Moët and Chandon (Moët Hennessy), an example of which is also in The Fan Museum collections.

Lot 81
Champagne - AYALA, around 1920-1930-Rare folded fan, the paper sheet printed in red, black and gold, of a Venetian carnival mask. Two orifices at the eye location allow you to use the fan as a mask. For Champagne ′′ Ayala ". Wooden frame.
When the planet feels like it’s melting, an elegant, is just the thing. This chic statement that had been the most effective and system for centuries. It can add a touch of and to your look, it can be found in any shops (no batteries or electricity required) and it might help you manage your hot flashes! Here is how to find the right one for you!

Words by Michela Di Carlo, illustration by Hanna Suni

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hello, good morning! Any chance of the museum opening in September?
Hand fans have been around for already 4,000 years and are still in use in the summer season.

Fun fact: Japan is the birth place of folding fans, dating from the 8th century.

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Listen to the story shared by The Fan Museum 😉

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Throughout the years, many objects have been donated to or acquired for the National Collection. Two little-known treasures are these delicate 18th-century fans. They are decorated with images of well-dressed noble men, women and children enjoying the countryside. Rococo floral vignettes make up the decorative borders.

Painted on paper and mounted on ivory slats, these fragile fans are in good condition.

They will be displayed in the ‘Style for Status’ gallery currently being set up at MUŻA. This gallery will feature costumes, decorative objects, everyday items and paintings that show how the 18th century noble families of Malta lived.
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The handheld fan endured in both fashion and communication

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Please could you give me some information on this fan. It is 20” when opened. Many thanks
An exhibition of fans from the eighteenth century to the present day, exploring depictions of Heroic Figures throughout the ages.

On between 1st February 2020 till 24th May 2020.

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See the link for more - https://www.thefanmuseum.org.uk/exhibitions/heroic-figures?utm_medium=culturehosts&utm_source=Visit+Grenwich&utm_campaign=The+Fan+Museum%3A+Heroic+Figures