With a Dramatic Sky behind her. The Guard Sticks at each end of the Hand Fan have the most amazing Carvings of Cherubs and what appears to be Roman or Greek Figures, to the top is a Crown Shape Solid Silver Pique Work and below the Crown is a Greek or Roman Figure standing on a Plinth wearing just a Robe and a Headdress, below the Plinth are Chased Bell Shape Flowers. Below The Figure is a Winged Cherub carrying what appears to be a Bowl of Fruit, and below the Cherub is more Solid Silver Pique Decoration. Lower down the Stick Guard is a Head and Shoulders Carving of a Roman or Greek with a Plume Headdress giving him a very important Look, and below him is very Beautiful Solid Silver Pique Decoration.The Rivet Pivot at the Base of the Guard have a Mother of Pearl connection for movement, each of the Guards have the same Decoration and Silver Pique Work. The Sticks have a smooth Finish to them. This really is a Rare and Unique mid 18th Century French Hand Held Fan with its Beautiful Carving and Silver Pique Work and the Stunning Hand Painted Water Colour, the condition for it appx 271 years of age is really good, there is some wear of course, the Water Colour Painting has a small piece missing and a split to one side and has light wear all over, but still functions nicely, the mother of Pearl Rivets have chips and wear but still functions nicely. And this is only mentioned for accuracy and doesnt detract from the Beauty of this Rare Antique. This would have been owned by someone Wealthy back in the 18th Century when times were very different to today. The collecting of antique fans is one of the most satisfying of hobbies, for a small collection of fans can comprise a museum in miniature. Specimens covering the period from the 16th century, when fans were first introduced into Europe from the East, up to Edwardian days include the work of carvers in wood, tortoiseshell and mother-of-pearl; the silversmith, the painter, the printer, the lace-maker, and the embroideress in sequins and silk. Apart from its exquisite craftsmanship, the fan is inextricably tied up with the history of the country of its origin especially in the case of France and England. Each period of history brought its own influence in costume and that included fans, since they were an important accessory of dress. Fans made for the ladies of the Court of the French King Louis XV were elaborately carved and of great richness. With the accession of Louis XVI there was greater restraint though still very elegant and costly fans were in great demand. There were opera and theatre fans, showing the arrangement of boxes and seats.
There is no end to the subjects depicted on these fans. The collector in his search may not find the quest an easy one.
Fans are such delicate, fragile things, not made for long life. It is surprising that so many have survived for two hundred and more years in perfect condition. But if the search is long and hard, results when they do come are infinitely rewarding. There is a huge variety in fans: from fans of fabulous beauty, finely painted leaves on beautifully carved and gilded sticks, from the eighteenth century.Showcase your items with Auctiva's. Attention Sellers - Get Templates Image Hosting, Scheduling at Auctiva. The item "BEAUTIFUL RARE Louis XVI FRENCH HAND PAINTED HAND HELD FAN & SILVER PIQUE WORK" is in sale since Wednesday, March 10, 2021.
This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Solid Silver\Other Solid Silver". The seller is "all_fine_antiques" and is located in Herefordshire.
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