The Fan Sale on 11th October is going to be a quirky sale. On offer will be Part 2 of the Judith Elliott Collection, which will present a varied selection of 19th and 20th century fans, some unique, with a range of advertising fans covering subjects as diverse as hotels, fashion, and perfume. Judith’s copy of the out of print research work by the late Evelyn Malpas, “Fragrance and Fans” is for sale, too, which forms an invaluable reference for those collecting perfume products and their related fans from the 19th century to the mid-20th century.
The 18th and 19th century sections of this sale present some rare examples of biblical and mythological fans, and a Russian Royal Birth fan. One of the highlights is a fan depicting the Life of Cupid – a French fan that comes up infrequently, which is estimated at £650-800. The sale also includes rigid face screens, a good selection of lace fans, and some wonderful feather fans. The sale also includes about forty fans from a US collector.
Oriental fans section presents many unusual alternatives to ivory, such as a telescopic Chinese lacquer Mandarin fan, a Mandarin fan mounted on carved tortoiseshell, and Chinese fans with montures of filigree and enamel.