Fan, about 1820, Italy. Double skin leaf. Obverse: three vignettes, Mount Vesevius erupting center, musicians playing to virgin left, family by shore right; green background with scrollwork surrounds. Reverse: three vignettes, Bay of Naples center, family cooking and eating pasta left, musicians and dancers right; orange background with green scrolling vines surrounds - in the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

Fan, about 1820, Italy. Double skin leaf. Obverse: three vignettes, Mount Vesevius erupting center, musicians playing to virgin left, family by shore right; green background with scrollwork surrounds. Reverse: three vignettes, Bay of Naples center, family cooking and eating pasta left, musicians and dancers right; orange background with green scrolling vines surrounds - in the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

Flag fan with white lacework , © MAK    Venice, 16th century  Parchment, silk  Albert Figdor Collection http://www.mak.at/jart/prj3/mak/images/img-db/1342454604656.jpg

Flag fan with white lacework , © MAK Venice, 16th century Parchment, silk Albert Figdor Collection http://www.mak.at/jart/prj3/mak/images/img-db/1342454604656.jpg

damn tulle (front): A small scarf tulle the year 1865      This is done by damn white silk tulle, drawing in black and white lace of various widths. The knots and loops of ribbon adorned with white pearls complement the filling .

damn tulle (front): A small scarf tulle the year 1865 This is done by damn white silk tulle, drawing in black and white lace of various widths. The knots and loops of ribbon adorned with white pearls complement the filling .

Fan, early 20th century - actresses would not enjoy these peacock feathers. Bad luck! But beautiful.

Fan, early 20th century - actresses would not enjoy these peacock feathers. Bad luck! But beautiful.

This object formed the handle of a feather fan. Feather fans were introduced into Tudor England through the great Italian city states of Venice, Milan and Genoa. Originally fans had arrived in Italy from the East. By the 16th century the Western secular use of fans was largely confined to women. Costly and elaborate, these fans were dress accessories confirming status and rank.

Fan handle

This object formed the handle of a feather fan. Feather fans were introduced into Tudor England through the great Italian city states of Venice, Milan and Genoa. Originally fans had arrived in Italy from the East. By the 16th century the Western secular use of fans was largely confined to women. Costly and elaborate, these fans were dress accessories confirming status and rank.

The final finished project. I am not sure I am entirely  happy with it, but it did turn out beautiful.

The final finished project. I am not sure I am entirely happy with it, but it did turn out beautiful.

16th Century Fan  Extremely rare is the carved ivory handle with anthromorphic features enhanced by silver & rubies.

16th Century Fan Extremely rare is the carved ivory handle with anthromorphic features enhanced by silver & rubies.

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