Arthur Blackborne Collection of Fans and Fan Related Books (Part I): Wednesday 23 May 2018 12:00PM

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Mercury delivers Bacchus: A Circa 1720's Ivory Fan, with slender plain sticks, the guards tipped with a panel of mother-of-pearl, the head with mother of pearl thumb guards. The vellum leaf, mounted à l'anglaise, is painted with Mercury delivering the baby Bacchus to the Nymphs on Mount Nysa, a cherub emerging from a cloud mounted on four prancing horses. The verso is painted with large colourful flowers, the ribs thus camouflaged. Guard length 26cm

Estimate: £300-500

Sold: £550
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The Judgement of Paris: An 18th Century Ivory Fan, with plain, simple gorge sticks, the guards being painted in pastel colours with an oriental figure and flowers. The vellum leaf, mounted à l'anglaise, is painted with Paris considering the beauty of Hera, to the right with her peacock, Athena and Aphrodite, the fairest being judged as Aphrodite, to whom Paris gives an apple. The verso is painted with large sprays of flowers which encircle a woodland scene, two ladies gazing across water towards a large town. Guard length 26cm

Estimate: £300-500

Sold: £250
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The Rape of Hera: A Mid-18th Century Fan, with mother-of-pearl monture, the sticks finely carved and pierced and heavily gilded, several of the gorge sticks carved into roundels at the shoulders, variously containing squirrels, cockerels, and female heads. A central gilded vignette is backed in mother of pearl depicting a couple playing with a dog. The vellum leaf, mounted à l'anglaise, with a central couple, a woman (Hera?) being seized from behind by a king (Zeus?). To the left, a carved stone statue of a female, seated on a dolphin (Hera was the daughter of a water God), Cupid drawing his bow and a further winged cherub to the left, another cherub carrying an Olympian flame to the right seemingly keeping at bay a completely black entity with forked red tails and a curved beak, presumably a depiction of Zeus, one of his attributes being forked lightening. The verso with cream reserves depicts a rural manor house. Additionally, there are some names scribbled lightly in pencil, hardly legible but one appears to refer to a Villa Franconi. Guard length 28.5cm

Estimate: £600-800

Sold: £800
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The Drunken Silenus: A Fine Early 18th Century Tortoiseshell Fan, piqué with steel, the head bulbous, and the upper guard inlaid with embossed metal. The remainder, and the gorge, piqué with a central and side vignettes and flowing scrollwork. The ribs are continuous in tortoiseshell. The vellum leaf, mounted à l'anglaise, is painted with a woodland scene with Silenus and several half naked ladies forming a rather unsteady procession, followed by others pulling a very shaggy goat. Bacchus is an onlooker to the right side, drinking. The verso, in plain cream, has a full border painted with vibrant flowers, to include roses and convolvulus. Guard length 28cm

Estimate: £600-800

Sold: £650
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A Fine Mid-18th Century Fan, the ivory sticks carved, pierced and painted, the vellum leaf, mounted à l'anglaise, having a central vignette showing a couple next to the sea, the man scratching the initials EM on a tree, most likely Paris and Oenone, as can be seen from the close up image. To the left, a classical circular stone fountain in a square in front of a substantial stone building, statues on the roof. To the immediate right an elegant lady in 18th century dress, deep in thought, with a vase of flowers, and to the far right a small vignette of possibly fishing boats on the sea. The reserves feature colourful flowers, and a small vignette with a classical building. The verso depicts a stone bridge and tower, men fishing, this vignette being surrounded by very natural flowers in soft green and lilac. The guard sticks are fairly simply carved and shaped, the gorge more elaborately carved and pierced with lightly gilded pierced sticks and others painted in brown and colourful flowers. Guard length 29cm

Estimate: £700-1000

Sold: £480
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Daphne Fleeing Apollo: A Fine Circa 1700 or Earlier Ivory Fan, with elaborate and intricate ivory sticks, featuring a border of shells, a bulbous head, and a fish or dolphin carved on the guard just above. The sticks are inlaid with mother-of-pearl ovals, and are intricately shaped so as to create a detail when the fan is closed and laid on its side. The leaf depicts the nymph Daphne, her hair and fingers changing into foliage as she changes her form and becomes a laurel tree to escape Apollo, who is in love with her but whom she spurns. Verso plain, except for a fine design of flowers and fruit on each support stick. Guard length 28cm

Estimate: £700-1000

Sold: £1200
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The Family of Darius before Alexander: A Fine 18th Century Carved and Pierced Ivory Fan, with colourful vellum leaf, mounted à l'anglaise, the gorge sticks intricately pierced and carved with three vignettes, all with Chinese figures, the guards in a more classical fashion. The wife, daughters and mother of Darius III, the last King of the Achaemenid Empire, are depicted being presented to Alexander The Great in 333 BC, following Darius's defeat at the Battle of Issus. Alexander displayed forgiveness and treated his captives well. After the oil painting by Paolo Verenese, in the National Gallery, London. The verso is cream and painted with a tree branch on which perches a bird aside its nest with two eggs inside, above two colourful and detailed butterflies, and around are flowers to include roses, carnations and heartsease Guard length 29cm

Estimate: £600-800

Sold: £500
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The Toilet of Venus: An Early 18th Century Italian (?) Fan, the vellum leaf mounted à l'anglaise, on plain ivory sticks with the addition of mother-of-pearl thumb guards. The head is quite bulbous. The highly coloured leaf depicts the Toilet of Venus, with maidens attending, engaged in making garlands of flowers whilst a bare-chested Venus reclines on an enormous bed, receiving a massage. The verso is plain. Guard length 29cm

Estimate: £400-600

Sold: £250
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The Sacrifice of Iphigènia: An Early 18th Century Ivory Fan, the monture inlaid with lightly carved mother of pearl and piqué, the gorge sticks also pierced. The vellum leaf, mounted à l'anglaise, depicts The Sacrifice of Iphigènia, the daughter of King Agamemnon and Queen Clytemnestra, and thus a princess of Argos. Agamemnon had offended the goddess Artemis, by killing a deer in her sacred grove, who retaliates by commanding him to kill Iphigenia as a sacrifice so his ships can sail to Troy. The scene includes a bowl waiting for the severed head, and a hovering angel. The verso is quite vibrantly painted with a couple in the countryside. Guard length 28.5cm

Estimate: £300-500

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Telemachus on the Island of Calypso: A Mid to Late 18th Century Ivory Fan, with a highly extravagant and heavy monture. The wide sticks are carved and pierced, silvered and gilded with intricate shapes and complex design. The central cartouche, bordered in gold, shows a couple together with a winged cherub. To each side, a soldier in armour. All figures are carved in large scale and are surrounded by carved and gilded flowers, decorated ovals, and large scrolls over several sticks, forming hearts. The lower sections of the guards have the symbol of the Sun King. The double paper leaf is painted with the arrival of Telemachus, the son of Odysseus and Penelope, on Calypso's island, Ogygia. Telemachus was seeking to find his father who had yet to return home from the Trojan War. See Homer's "Odessy". Calypso was a nymph who had detained Odysseus on her island for seven years, seeking to make him her husband. Telemachus had been guided in his search by the goddess Athena who had disguised herself as the old man Mentor. Here Calypso and her nymphs are shown as three young ladies. The ships are berthed behind. Other vignettes show a water nymph with her stone container, a warrior, perhaps Telemachus again (?), and two couples wearing 18th century dress, in pastoral scenes. The verso is more crudely painted with a landscape in dark colours, and a young couple in 18th century dress, the gentleman playing the flute. The gorge sticks are undecorated. Blue stone to the rivet. 

Estimate: £600-800

Sold: £1300
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Achilles and the Daughters of Lycomedes: An Early 18th Century Ivory Fan, the gorge plain, both guards being carved with a male figure and flowers. The vellum leaf is mounted à l'anglaise and depicts Achilles facing dancing ladies in woodland, most likely just after he has cast his disguise as a female aside and revealed his true identity. The verso is plain, the ribs being painted a dark green. Guard length 27.5cm

Estimate: £400-600

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The Preacher: An Early 18th Century Ivory Fan, printed and hand coloured, the double paper leaf a depiction of an open air gathering in a classical location, the preacher at the top of stone steps, his arms outstretched to the crowd assembled below. The figures wear robes highlighted in gold. In the background, tall classical buildings or temples, the whole surrounded by a border of colourful flowers and gold leaves. The verso is plain. The ivory sticks are painted with colours of blue and green, the gorge with a classical assortment of musical instruments. The very tip of the guards is inlaid with mother of pearl. Guard length 26cm
The previous owner believed this to show Saint Paul preaching in Athens. Another suggestion from a member of the Fan Circle International was that the scene depicts a young Jesus in the Temple. A copy of the reasons for this suggestion is available

Estimate: £300-500

Sold: £280
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Esther before Ahasuerus: An 18th Century Ivory Fan, with gilded and silvered sticks, in the gorge quite slender, the upper guards very wide. After the king ordered an execution of all the Jewish people in the Persian Empire. Esther, his wife, went before him without being summoned to beg for him to spare her people. Very afraid, she ended up fainting before the king. This action ended up softening the king's decision, and he permitted the Jews to defend themselves against his attack, preventing them from being killed off. Guard length 26cm

See the 1628-1635 painting by the Italian artist Artemisia Gentileschi, housed in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The verso of the double paper leaf depicts a well-dressed lady contemplating alone in the countryside

Estimate: £400-700

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The Banishment of Hagar and Ishmael: An 18th Century Ivory Fan, with upper guards carved and pierced, the slender gorge sticks pierced. The upper guard is carved with a lady, the lower guard with a man, matching carving of perhaps a sunflower beneath each. The vellum leaf, mounted à l'anglaise, shows Hagar and Ishmael leaving the home of Abraham, the boy's father, as his wife Sarah had demanded. To the left, a further vignette of a landscape, to the right a classical stone ewer. The verso is painted with a simple flower spray. Guard length 26.5cm

Estimate: £180-220

Sold: £150
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Lot 15

An 18th Century Ivory Fan, the guards and gorge inlaid with engraved mother-of-pearl panels, and piqué work, the guards with mother-of-pearl thumb guards. The guards have two carvings, one of a man in simple clothing, the other of a man/beast, the malformed head with large eyes and the body in the form of a figure of eight. The double vellum leaf depicts an attack on a rural home, one man to the right laid on the ground, a boy and dog's head behind, one soldier on horseback following another who appears to be charging the property. To the right are horses drawing a loaded cart. The verso is plain. Guard length 27.5cm

Estimate: £500-700

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Aeneas and the Healer: An 18th Century Ivory Fan, the guards and gorge carved, a wide band of carving and light piercing just under the leaf depicting two figures, flowers and foliage in relief, with a central shell. One guard has a metal thumb guard, the other one of mother-of-pearl. The vellum leaf, mounted à l'anglaise, shows an army encampment and Aeneas, a Trojan hero, seated outside a draped tent, his soldiers around, a winged angel above, the healer Lapis at his feet, removing an arrowhead from his leg. The verso is plain. Guard length 27.5cm

Estimate: £500-700

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Aurora, After the painting by Guerchino: An 18th Century Ivory Fan, with carving and extensive piercing ,particularly to the gorge, where a central vignette depicts several ladies with flower garlands, a further vignette to each side each containing a couple, and four further smaller ovals each with a cherub. The leaf depicts Aurora, after Guerchino's (1591-1666) ceiling fresco in the Casino Ludovisi, Rome, painted for the Pope's nephew. The painting here is full of movement, with the chariot horses charging through the sky. At each side, a classical figure in an oval vignette. The verso is plain. Guard length 25.5cm

Estimate: £500-800

Sold: £1000
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Vertumnus and Permona: An Early 18th Century Ivory Fan, with plain gorge, the guards piqué and each inlaid with two panels of mother-of-pearl and having mother-of-pearl thumb guards. The vellum leaf, mounted à l'anglaise, depicts Vertumnus and Permona, and a cherub holding a mask. Vertumnus, the God of Seasons, change, plant growth and fruit trees, is able to disguise himself as and when he wants (the meaning of the face mask) and here has turned himself into an old crone so as to be able to approach an unsuspecting Permona. The verso is plain. Guard length 28cm

Estimate: £300-600

Sold: £130
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An Early 18th Century Ivory Fan, with completely plain monture. The double paper leaf a very colourful depiction, possibly of Hera and three others, two of whom wear Phrygian caps, possibly Priam and Paris, a lady with flowers, possibly Flora, and a winged angel aloft with a trumpet, Fame. The verso is painted with large, quite simple flowers. Guard length 27cm

Estimate: £400-500

Sold: £250
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Moses and the Israelites in the Promised Land: An Early 18th Century Ivory Fan, the sticks plain other than a mother-of-pearl tip to each guard and mother-of-pearl thumb guards. The painted vellum leaf, mounted à l'anglaise, depicts the escape of the Israelites from Egypt, possessions scattered to the left of Moses, in yellow, the coastline behind. The verso has simple painted wavy lines up the leaf supports. Guard length 26.5cm

Estimate: £400-600

Sold: £1500
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Saint Ursula and her Virgins: An Early 18th Century Fan, with pierced ivory sticks, the guards intricately carved in the Chinese export style, the gorge carved and pierced in a more regular fashion. The velum leaf, mounted à l'anglaise, depicts a laden rowing boat taking to the sea, overflowing with ladies, one with a harp, others appearing to read music, one seated on an elaborately draped throne, cherubs carrying flower garlands flying above, to the right a man swimming towards the boat. To the left a helmeted horseman hurrying to the shore, the top of the leaf further painted with red drapes. This is possibly a depiction of (Saint) Ursula a princess from south-west Britain, daughter of King Dionotus of Dumnonia, heading to sea to join her future husband, the pagan governor Conan Meriadoc of Armorica, along with eleven thousand virginal handmaidens. The verso, painted a deep brown/black, is covered with vibrant painted flowers, to include roses, parrot tulips and convolvulus. Guard length 26.5cm

Estimate: £700-900

Sold: £950
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Cleopatra and the Pearl: A Very Early 18th Century Ivory Fan, the sticks piqué with steel, the gorge design with three vases of flowers, the guards with meandering grape vines. The vellum leaf mounted à l'anglaise depicting a scene of revelry with maidens bringing food to the table, Cleopatra, wearing her crown and a flowing fur lined cape, seated at the table, glass in hand, ready to drop her pearl ear-ring into a glass of vinegar, in order to win a wager with Marc Anthony seated beside her. The verso, cream, painted with brightly coloured flowers to include roses, parrot tulips, and carnations. Guard length 26cm

Estimate: £700-900

Sold: £650
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The Judgement of Solomon: A Fine Early 18th Century Ivory Fan, with a bulbous head, the ivory sticks carved, pierced and painted. The gorge, with fine gilding, has three painted ivory panels that each span two sticks, with a turquoise background. To the left a winged cherub and a baby, the centre panel similar, the third a young couple enjoying a romantic liaison. The remainder of the gorge is elaborately carved with flowers and lattice work, some featuring birds and dogs. The double vellum leaf dramatically depicts the Judgement of Solomon, wherein he is faced with two mothers, and two babies, one child dead, the mothers each claiming the living child as their own. When Solomon threatens to solve the dispute by cutting the child in two, he is easily able to determine the real mother as she would rather give away her child than see it harmed. The verso is plain. Guard length 28cm

Estimate: £700-1000

Sold: £1300
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An Early 18th Century Tortoiseshell Fan, the guards piqué with steel, the gorge plain, but with attractive natural mottling, the tortoiseshell continuing on to support the leaf, mounted à l'anglaise. The vellum leaf depicts Ceres, the Goddess of Agriculture, with a Naiad (water nymph), the painting with its water jar and winged cherub carrying a bale of straw, a grape vine full of fruit behind the figures, all alluding to harvest and abundance. A white bird with red crest sits atop the tree. The verso is plain. Guard length 27.5cm

Estimate: £500-700

Sold: £400
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Venus and Mars: An 18th Century Ivory Fan, with carved and pierced sticks and guards, the gorge with three vignettes, the centre with two elegant ladies dancing, the ones to the sides each with a seated gentleman watching. Closed and turned to the side, the carved sides to the gorge sticks make for interest. The vellum leaf, mounted à l'anglaise, depicts Venus and Aeneas, with Cupid in the bushes about to shoot an arrow, another winged cherub in attendance, the verso plain. Guard length 29cm

Estimate: £200-400

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Apollo the Shepherd: A Fine Early 18th Century Italian Fan, with ivory sticks, the guards and gorge inlaid with mother of pearl panels of different sizes and shapes, and silver metal, the gorge with tiny background piercing, and further embellishment to all sticks, some of piqué work. The gorge sticks are in pairs and also feature delicate carvings of figures. The vellum leaf, mounted à l'anglaise, depicts Apollo seated in front of a tree, accompanied by sheep, oxen and a dog, buildings in the distance, two further men, perhaps oriental, are present. The verso is plain. Mother-of-pearl thumb guards .Guard length 27.5cm

Estimate: £500-700

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Achilles and the Daughters of Lycomedes. An 18th Century Ivory Fan, the monture carved, pierced, gilded and painted, the guards with a figure and flowers, the gorge more elaborately with carved figures and cherubs, and painted baskets and flowers. The vellum leaf, mounted à l'anglaise, depicts Achilles and the daughters of Lycomedes, Achilles being sent by the nymph Thetis, his mother, to live disguised as a girl amongst Lycomedes' daughters to avoid him going off to war. Eventually Achilles fell in love with one daughter, Deidamia, and had two children by her. The verso is plain, save for a delicate flower border. Guard length 28.5cm

Estimate: £400-700

Sold: £300
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Jacob and Leban: A Circa 1740 European Fan, the double paper leaf painted in gouache with gold highlights to the border, the sticks plain with the addition of mother-of-pearl thumb guards, the gorge sticks with wide shoulders. A rare depiction of Jacob, accompanied by his wives Leah and Rachel, admonishing Leban for having first tricked him into marrying not Rachel but Leah. The scene includes a very bemused goat, his bi-colour coat being relevant to the story. The verso is very simple with a top border, and wavy gold lines. Guard length 27cm

Estimate: £400-600

Sold: £400
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Bacchus and Ariadne: A Mid-18th Century Ivory Fan, the monture with carved and pierced, gilded and silvered and quite substantial sticks. The upper guard is carved with a large figure, the lower section with rounded shoulders to complement the gorge sticks. The gorge carving and piercing is almost trompe l'oeil, with borders meandering around to enclose vignettes in a very fluid fashion. Within these borders, some fashioned with chains some with more regular designs, are three vignettes. The inner and larger vignette features four gilded figures in 18th century dress, variously seated or standing, with musical instruments. The two to the side are more angular and backed with burgau, containing gilded cherubs playing. The lower section of the gorge is plain ivory and leads to a rivet topped with diamanté. The vellum leaf, mounted à l'anglaise, is painted in pastel colours, showing a large clearing where a group of friends are at rest, variously seated or standing next to a stone all supporting a large grey urn. Two young maidens are close to Bacchus, who is accepting a goblet of wine from Ariadne. Slightly to the left, Silenus is seated on the grass, playing a curved horn, others dancing further inside the field. At each side of the central gathering, groups of four cherubs are playing with carts. The cart to the left is being pulled by a dog, one winged cherub riding on its back. To the right, the cart is being pulled by one cherub whilst two others hitch a ride, the smallest cherub leading the procession playing another wind instrument. The reserves are painted in shades of soft turquoise with pink and white flowers and fruits, with the addition of a large turquoise diamond with gold highlights. The verso is plain save for a floral border in blues and pink, with green leaves, some highlighting in gold, and a gold bird. Guard length 28cm

Estimate: £600-800

Sold: £850
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Venus in Vulcan's Forge: An 18th Century Ivory Fan, circa 1750, the exceptional monture is carved and very finely pierced. Each guard has a figure in the upper section, amidst fine panels of piercing, and a cameo type portrait in relief on the lower sections. The gorge is a mastery of carving and piercing to create overlapping for the lower section, where carved ovals contain flowerheads, above which three carved vignettes with extravagantly pierced and shaped borders contain figures. To the right and left, a couple in each vignette. To the centre, a couple in detailed 18th century dress next to the altar of love, one winged cherub on the altar holding aloft a garland of flowers, anther kneeling, as a further couple observe. Eight further cherubs border the vignettes. The vellum leaf, mounted à l'anglaise, depicts Venus visiting Vulcan's forge, perhaps when asking for a sword for her son Aeneas, the Champion of the Trojans in the war against the Greeks. The leaf, painted in dark and vibrant colours, captures the toil and activity of the forge, with men labouring behind, one with a hammer, an anvil and a gilded breastplate visible to the right of a muscular Vulcan, the God of fire and metalworking. A winged cherub clambers over Venus, behind whom a white dove is held in a woman's arms, and another cherub robed in red is seen to the left. The verso is also rich in colour, strong blue featuring in flowers and the robes of two central seated figures engaged in selecting flowers for a vase. The reserves, to the right, feature oriental figures in robes, one in the garden being observed by others from within a building. A further Oriental lady is seated in a reclining chair to the upper left of the European couple, seemingly reading. The far right is painted with flowers and a delicate butterfly. Guard length 27.5cm

Estimate: £800-1200

Sold: £700
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Apelles and Campaspe: A Mid-18th Century Ivory Fan, painted in light mustard and green with touches of gold. The monture is carved and pierced, quite classically for the guards, with a cherub, the gorge with one sweeping pierced vignette with undulating border, central to which is a pair of unusual Oriental figures with tall pointed hats, their long robes with sleeves very much in the medieval style, each wielding pointed staffs. Other carved figures can be found amongst the extravagant foliage and several pagodas are to be found towards the top edge. The double paper leaf is in vibrant blue, the setting inside a finely and sumptuously furnished throne room belonging to Alexander, his concubine Campaspe seated on a raised dais, Alexander close on her left, the painter Apelles dressed in a blue artist's overall, leaning in to regard his subject before applying final touches to her portrait, on an easel to his right. The room is full of observers, being some of Alexander's soldiers and a small boy and older lady in blue, both seated with their own paintbrushes poised. Alexander was said to be so delighted with the portrait that, on seeing that Apelles had fallen in love with Campaspe, he presented her to him. The verso is painted with a landscape with a soldier in plumed helmet being regarded in a coquettish fashion by a young lady seated on a sumptuous high button-backed indoor chair. A maidservant approaches with refreshments.

Estimate: £500-800

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Venus and Adonis: A Fine 18th Century Mother-of-Pearl Fan, circa 1760's, the monture carved, pierced, silvered and gilded, the gorge carved with medallions. The guards both have a gilded profile, birds and symbols. The monture features six sticks in three pairs which each have two carved ovals, within which are either a portrait (male to one side, female to the other), flowers, urns, or gilded cupids. The remaining sticks are classical, lightly carved in crossbanding and highly gilded. Towards the head, all sticks are carved with small circles, in which are symbols or entwined circles. The vellum leaf, mounted à l'anglaise, has a striking use of blue and pink. In a woodland clearing, Venus, wearing blue, seated in her giant scallop shell, is holding the hand of Adonis, his cloak in pink, a grey dog lounging at his side in front of a winged cherub. Two white doves flutter to the right of Venus and in the distance a dog can be seen chasing a deer. To either side of this tender scene are two gravures, to the left showing Cupid with his bow and quiver and another winged cherub, to the right a small and a larger winged cherub. The reserves are filled with flowers, from climbing blue and yellow and lilac specimens and blue carnations, to large pink roses and some in bud. The verso is most unusually painted in orange, blue and green in dashes and irregular short brush strokes, creating movement. The centre, in comparison is painted with a young woman in blue, her straw hat with a blue ribbon, relaxing with either a dog or perhaps a lamb, as her staff lays to the side, decorated with a blue ribbon. Guard length 27cm

Estimate: £1000-2000

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Flora and Zephyr: An 18th Century Carved and Pierced Ivory Fan, with mother-of-pearl thumb guards. The upper guards are elaborately carved with two figures and a large urn, with some light colour painting. The lower sections are more classical. The gorge is carved to the left with a lady dancing, her skirts swirling, and to the right with three more dancers, the background piercing very finely worked. The vellum leaf, mounted à l'anglaise, depicts Flora, Goddess of Flowers and of the Spring and her husband Zephyr, the Wind God, a winged cherub to the side, a lady gathering flowers with a child to the right, the verso with a simple painting of a lady with a panier. Guard length 26cm

Estimate: £300-500

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Ruth and Boaz: A Mid-18th Century Ivory Fan, with carved, pierced and gilded sticks, the designs very classical, some roundels set with sparkly stones. The vellum leaf, mounted à l'anglaise, shows the bible story of Ruth and Boaz gleaning in the hayfields. To each side, a country scene, one with a lady and a rural building, perhaps a hayloft, the other with a young boy near ruins. The verso is painted with a single scene of a girl with an armful of hay. Guard length 28cm

Estimate: £300-400

Sold: £150
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The Sacrifice of Iphigenia: A Fine Mid-18th Century Ivory Fan, the gorge plain, the guards piqué and inlaid with mother-of-pearl, a carved portrait at the tips. The double paper leaf is elaborately embellished along the top and in further vertical panels, with shiny embossed gold foil. A central scene depicts The Sacrifice of Iphigènia, the daughter of King Agamemnon and Queen Clytemnestra and thus a princess of Argos Agamemnon had offended the goddess Artemis, by killing a deer in her sacred grove, who then retaliates by commanding him to kill Iphigenia as a sacrifice, so his ships can sail to Troy. To the right, a horrified onlooker covers his eyes. Two further scenes depict, to the right, a woman and child on a frozen river, and to the left, two older boys playing. The verso has a very natural painted scene, looming mountains with a river in the foreground, a couple to the right, a family of three to the centre, the man smoking a long white pipe, a horse and cart arriving from the left, either delivering or about to take the waiting figures on their way. Guard length 28cm

Estimate: £600-800

Sold: £500
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The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba: A Very Unusual and Quite Complex 18th Century Ivory Brisé Fan, with thirty carved sticks and two guards, the central panel not carved, as are other sticks painted in pastels, four irregular shapes being unpainted but carved with flowers and foliage, some with gold highlights. The pastel painting depicts birds and fruits. The central vignette is a colourful depiction of the Queen of Sheba arriving in Jerusalem with her retinue to meet King Solomon, shown kneeling with his crown on the ground in front, accompanied by his soldier, the two exchanging gifts, the Queen shaded with a parasol by her female attendants, her train being carried by a pageboy wearing a turban. A castle and other buildings are shown behind. The verso, is a drawn mirror-image of the recto with the exception of the gorge, which is painted with Chinese figures and a building, the surrounding flowers in stronger pastel colours than before. The guards are overlaid with gold flowers and leaves in embossed foil. The ribbon is painted in gold and blue. Tortoiseshell thumb guards. Guard length 23.5cm. Together with a later cream card fan box with cream silk lining

Estimate: £800-1200

Sold: £1300
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Lot 37

Diana the Huntress: A Finely and Elaborately Carved and Pierced 18th Century Ivory Fan, the guards having a panel carved with figures that is also painted. The plain gorge sticks need no embellishment, so elaborately are they carved and pierced, the complexity and the detail of extremely high workmanship. Carved in relief in bands, the sticks include chinoiserie figures, in pairs of male and female, seemingly picking grapes from a vine, the very top edge carved with tiny but detailed buildings. Mother-of-pearl thumb guards. The double paper leaf depicts Diana the Huntress and two female attendants, hunting equipment by her side, three dogs and a dead bird. The leaf is bordered with exquisite depictions of colourful birds on gold, flowers, other symbol and lattices, highlighted in gold, a similar but less ornate border on the verso. The verso shows a young couple, the lady with a distaff of flax or cotton thread

Estimate: £800-900

Sold: £700
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Lot 38

The Sacrifice of Jephthah's Daughter: A Mid-18th Century Plain Tortoiseshell Fan, the double vellum leaf depicting the return home of Jephthah, a judge in Israel, who had been away to fight the Ammonites. Before leaving, he had prayed to God for success, rashly promising to offer up as a sacrifice the first person who met him at home on his return. Sadly, this was his beloved only daughter. The verso is decorated with three vignettes of buildings, a house, a church and a windmill, overlaid with a tromp l'oeil pink and cream ribbon. Guard length 29cm

Estimate: £500-700

Sold: £400
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Lot 39

An Early 18th Century Ivory Fan, the monture carved and pierced, and painted in green and blue with hints of gold. The guards each have a carved figure. The gorge is centrally carved with two couples, left unpainted, the woodland background in dark green, a decorative urn in strong blue, the decoration to both sides continuing with the blue which creates a fresh effect along with gold. The vellum leaf, mounted à l'anglaise, shows a finely dressed lady in a vibrant blue open robe with pink skirt, seated in a clearing, picking fruit which is growing from a bush backed by a stone wall. Behind this wall to the right is a young shepherd, his sheep grazing, peeking around the wall to gaze upon the unsuspecting lady. The reserves are predominantly floral with a large urn to the right. The verso is painted with a tree, a stone ruin in the distance. Red stone at the rivet. Guard length 28.5cm

Estimate: £300-500

Sold: £120
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Lot 40

An Early and Quite Slender 18th Century Ivory Fan, the guards with simple painted decoration, the gorge sticks much more elaborate and vibrant, the paint quite dark in colour, highlighted in gold. The designs feature shells and bold flowers, some of which seem iridescent, perhaps with crushed mother-of-pearl in the paint?, and unusual shapes, many involving two sticks, are bordered with thin lines of gold. The lower section of the guards and the gorge is elaborately carved and shaped so as to give interest to the sticks when the fan is closed and laid on its side. The vellum leaf, mounted à l'anglaise, is painted with stone arches, approaching which are a young country couple, the girl carrying a bale of straw on her head, possibly a references to Ceres, the boy perhaps a shepherd, and to the right, in their path is perhaps the altar of love. The reserves feature quite an exotic flower border, and centrally at the top are more shells. The verso shows a simple scene of trees and wood fences by water, hills in the distance. The gorge is highlighted simply around pierced sections. Guard length 26.5cm

Estimate: £250-500

Sold: £180
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Lot 41

A Fine and Early 18th Century Painted and Carved Ivory Brisé Fan, the gorge with the addition of piercing. The central mythological scene, bordered in gold, shows a lady being crowned with a garland of flowers. To the right, a lady sits in contemplation beside a tree. To the left, a soldier dressed in red. At intervals, sticks are pierced and carved with flowers. The guards are carved with a man dancing, two flowers, and two ovals, one of which is faintly painted, the other was probably similar. The silk ribbon is painted with tiny chinoiserie figures and water lilies. The gorge is painted with chinoiserie figures, details picked out in gold. The verso is a mirror image drawing of the recto. Guard length 21cm

Estimate: £300-500

Sold: £280
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Lot 42

Shipwreck on the High Seas: A Pierced and Carved 18th Century Ivory Fan, with upper sections of the guards carved, and the gorge both carved and pierced. The flowers are particularly delicately carved, and above the central painted vignette, inside which are meandering blue ribbons similar to those which border the scenes on the leaf. The vellum leaf mounted à l'anglaise with a black ground embellished with lilac and white flowers, to the left shows a shepherd, his sheepdog and sheep, with a couple carrying a basket. To the centre, a dramatic scene of high seas and a shipwreck on rocks, with further sailing ships in the distance. To the right, a dog snuffling in the undergrowth. The verso is painted with a simple and elegant branch adorned with blue and pink and pale yellow blossoms, some of which may be orchids. Guard length 26.5cm

Estimate: £400-700

Sold: £420
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The Sheep Shearing?: A Mid-18th Century Ivory Italian Fan, the guards and gorge pierced and carved, the gorge with two ornate ovals each containing two carved doves, a very central rectangle having the initials "EG". The double paper leaf is drawn in ink with a very unusual farming scene, an inhospitable landscape, with workers carrying produce and leading laden oxen, an elderly woman to the left, seated, holding a distaff, used for flax or wool, a man beside her shielding his face with a cloak from the dust, his head covered with a wide brimmed hat. The verso is drawn with simple buildings, beneath which in minute hand is a name, Palmieri and 1769. Guard length 27.5cm. Together with a green leather fan case with cream silk lining. A note in the case says "Palmieri, invento e fere fece?"

Estimate: £600-1000

Sold: £1000
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Lot 44

The Wedgwood Plaque: An 18th Century Ivory Fan, the monture gilded and silvered, carved and pierced, simply but intricately on the upper guards, more varied by matching on the gorge sticks. The double silk leaf, with a well-dressed couple approaching perhaps Cupid and the altar of love, the lady proffering flowers. This vignette being bordered by tiny gold sequins, also benefits from a trompe l'oeil of several different objects. To the left, a blue and white oval plaque, the white in relief with two doves and olive branches, reminiscent of the Wedgwood factory, with a folding fan to the side, and a small pictorial card depicting an oriental figure with parasol in front of a pagoda. To the right, a similar blue plaque but in a much deeper hue, more items perhaps symbolic of love, amongst which are an obelisk, and a flaming torch. The verso, revealing the threads for the sequin embroidery on the recto, is painted with simple pink and blue flowers and green leaves. Guard length 28cm

Estimate: £250-350

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Tender Moment: An 18th Century Ivory Fan, circa 1760-1770's, the simple monture with straight gorge sticks quite lightly gilded and silvered and carved and pierced. The double silk leaf is painted in light, fresh colours on a cream ground, with highlights of yellow, gold and blue. The young couple in the centre sit peacefully together in a country setting, the lady in blue with lace to her elbow length sleeves, her dress with added pleated silk around the cuffs and front skirt panel. Her beau wears a gold waistcoat and breeches and brown jacket. They are clearly at ease with each other. A simple border of sequins separated this scene from the large and quite colourful flower sprays filling the reserves. Simple linear painting of flowers features on the verso. Guard length 27.5cm

Estimate: £200-300

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Animal Husbandry: An 18th Century Carved and Pierced Ivory Fan, the guards most unusually inlaid with painted porcelain panels (most likely 19th century), the recto with an exquisite depiction of a shepherdess, flowers and a basket lower down, the verso with her beau, seemingly lost in thought. The gorge sticks with three sea-green painted areas depict, in the centre, classical columns and statues, featuring cherubs, the panel to the left painted with a mythological winged beast, the right having a simple butterfly and flowers. The surrounding piercing features birds, urns and flowers, some with gold highlights. Mother of pearl thumb guards. Rivet lacking. The vellum leaf, mounted à l'anglaise, painted in subdued colours, shows a rural scene of animal husbandry, several men and one woman attending to the animals, one on horseback, the sheep, cows and perhaps a bull taking water or at rest. In contrast the verso depicts an oriental gathering of men and a boy, taking refreshment, the central character holding a fixed feather fan, fawns and flowers to the right, two colourful birds with long tail feathers to the left. Guard length 30cm. Together with a cream, unlabelled, card fan box

Estimate: £600-900

Sold: £550
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Lot 47

The Toy Seller: An Unusual 18th Century Fan, with a tortoiseshell monture, the upper guards heavily carved and pierced with a sunflower, this section both silvered and lightly gilded on the flower, the gorge sticks ornately gilded and silvered, some being inlaid foil, with touches of green to the centre. The first three sticks in from the guards are not pierced, but are carved so as to form a deep V, each of these sticks with its own pattern variation. The central sticks are pierced so as to form a lattice up which meandering flowers and leaves climb. The leaf, of silk, shows a mother and her small son choosing new toys from a merchant, a miniature donkey and carriage at their feet, a horse and turbaned rider being considered, more toys within a basket at their feet. Two further vignettes, all three being bordered with gold sequins, sewn into place, show a lady playing a cup and ball game and a young man pulling the vanes on a windmill with a string. The verso is simply decorated with flowers in pale pink and blue, each spray inside the reverse of the front vignettes. Guard length 25cm

Estimate: £600-800

Sold: £700
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Lot 48

Hommage to Cupid: A Mid to Late 18th Century Ivory Fan, the monture carved and pierced, gilded and silvered. The gorge decoration alternates between straight panels of silver metal overlaid onto an uncarved stick, and pierced sticks with delicate carving to include lattice work inside ovals. The double silk leaf, with several vignettes, inside quite decorative sequinned borders, shows a central painting of a young woman in 18th century dress, a pink skirt complemented by a white fischu and apron, offering flowers before Cupid atop the altar of love. To the left, her companions, a couple dressed in a similar style, the lady wearing an oversized blue hat and a ruched brown overskirt, the gentleman in a lilac long jacket, pale breeches and a classical wig. To each side, a plaque with dark background depicting white winged cherubs, those to the left playing a flute and a stringed instrument, those to the right in playful mood, one in flight holding a tiny bird. To the reserves, amongst flowers, two further plaques, in lilac, one depicting two doves and olive branches, the other a similar altar with flaming torch. Simple lilac flowers and leaves are painted on the verso. Guard length 28cm

Estimate: £250-500

Sold: £400
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Vexation: An Early 18th Century Fan, with plain ivory monture save for the guards, which are carved from tip to shoulder with a man with a walking stick above a half-man half-scaled creature. The vellum leaf, mounted à l'anglaise, is painted in dark colour along the top and bottom edges, with light touches of gold. The detailed scene shows two men and two ladies, all well dressed in 18th century fashion. The man standing to the left, playing a flute, wears breeches with a large rosette to the knee, matching rosettes on his shoes, the colour of his cloak complementing these accessories. Another man lounges on a formal wooden table or bench, proffering flowers to a lady seated at his side, another lady wearing a low fronted and front- laced corseted bodice observing. The lady to the fore, with voluminous pink skirts seemingly extended to the sides with paniers, her bodice of blue with a peplum to the waist, a pink rose pinned to her bodice, looks vexed by the attention and activity. The verso is plain, save for gold paint to the ribs. Guard length 27.5cm

Estimate: £400-700

Sold: £300
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Musical Interlude: An 18th Century Ivory Fan, circa 1770's-1780's, the monture silvered and gilded, carved and pierced. The decoration is quite formal and classical, the slender gorge sticks in various designs of circles and dots, having a horizontal line mid gorge breaking up the rather linear style. The vellum leaf, mounted à l'anglaise, is painted in gentle pastel colours, the central vignette, bordered in soft turquoise and gold, depicting a man and woman playing stringed instruments in a countryside clearing, two sheep in the centre. To the right, a smaller vignette bordered in pale lilac and gold, contains a still life of fruit, as does the vignette to the left, bordered in the same soft colours. The reserves are filled with flowers. The verso is plain save for two pink roses and delicate leaves painted in the centre. Guard Length 27cm

Estimate: £300-500

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