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Fan Collection: Sale Results

11th March 2019.

Fine antique fans sold once more with confidence in Tennants Auctioneers’ Fan Collection Sale on 9th March, with 93% of the lots selling. The sale attracted buyers from all around the world, with lots going to the United States, France, Germany, Canada, China and Spain, and included a number of fine fans from the Collection of Judith Kennedy.

Top of the sale and coming from the Judith Kennedy’s collection was a very fine and unusual Brussels lace fan, with pierced and gilded mother-of-pearl sticks. Dating from c.1880, the lace was of fine quality and incorporated a coat of arms said to be that of the Princesse Annie de Lusignan. The fan had been previously exhibited at the Royal Fans Exhibition at Harewood House near Leeds and was sold for £2,200 (plus buyer’s premium).

Other sale highlights included a c.1840s Chinese carved tortoiseshell brisé fan from the Qing Dynasty, which sold for £2,000 (plus buyer’s premium), a paper fan from the mid-19th century depicting the ascent of Mr. Albert Smith up Mont Blanc, which sold for £1,000 (plus buyer’s premium), a record for this particular fan, and a Queen Anne period fan painted with exotic figures, birds, vases and pavilions, which sold for £1,000 (plus buyer’s premium).

The 196-lot sale resulted in a total hammer price of £41,970 with 93% of the lots sold.

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