Arthur Blackborne Collection of Fans and Fan Related Books (Part II)

Wednesday 25 July, 12 noon
Viewing: Tuesday 24 July, 10am-5pm and morning of the sale. 
Buyer's Commission: 20% + VAT (24% in total) 
Location: The Auction Centre, Leyburn, DL8 5SG
Please note: the sale will commence with lot 251 carrying on from Part I of the sale from Wednesday 23rd May.

The second part of an extraordinary collection of antique fans is being sold by the descendants of Arthur Blackborne on Wednesday 25 July. 

Arthur Blackborne (1856-1952) is best known for assembling one of the largest and finest collections of antique lace ever known. The collection was started by his father, Anthony (1842-1878), who opened the family lace shop in Mayfair in 1850, selling to the cream of society as well as to major European and American collections. Their collection of nearly 7,000 pieces of historic lace was donated to The Bowes Museum, County Durham in 2007. In addition to collecting lace, Arthur Blackborne also collected other antique textiles such as tapestries and brocades, and of course fans. Held in the family collection, none of the fans have been on the market since his death and the closure of the London shop in 1952.

Many of the fans in the collection are very rare. The collection consists primarily of 18th century fans decorated with Biblical and Mythological scenes, many of which depict subjects rarely found on fans. Chinese fans are represented too, with examples made of tortoiseshell, wood and lacquer and decorated with unusual scenes and exquisite details such as fish, toads and beetles. 

Catalogue available HERE

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