Antique & Vintage Dress Gallery
are Photos of Very Similar Fan (in similar condition)
In book called "Ventagli Italiani" published in 1990 by Marsilio Editori -
The book is actually a catalogue of an exhibition which took place in Florence at the Palazzo Pitti
Sept 21 - Nov 15, 1990
#1137 - c. 1870-1890 Amazing Mechanical Italian Paper Painted Fan with Mirror! Paper fans don't get any better than this! A very similar fan is listed in a fancy Italian book called "Ventagli Italiani" published in 1990 by Marsilio Editori. The book is actually the catalogue of an exhibition which took place in Florence at the Palazzo Pitti (that's the Pitti Palace for us Americans) from Sept 21 - Nov 15, 1990. All the information from the book is written in Italian, but the gist is that this fan was a souvenir fan from the late 1800's. I can figure out the words "decorata" yes, it's decorated; "meccanismo di apertura" yes, it opens mechanically; "legno d'olivo" and "oveale molato" which I believe is olive wood and oval mirror. Anyway, you can see the photos of there fan at the bottom of the page of the photos of My fan. Condition is Terrific for this age paper fan. Mechanics are good as new! The painting is slightly worn (as it the painting on the exhibition fan). The mirror is in tact. The original tassels are on. The painting of the bird on the otherside of the closed fan is great. How it works... you pull on the tassel at the top and the fan spreads out open.. to close, you push down on the top tassel and it folds up into the wood. FABULOUS! Don't miss out. Fan prices are climbing especially advertising and perhaps souvenir fans aren't far behind!
SOLD - but on display in Museum Category for Research/Display