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The City Museum holds an exceptional collection of hand fans, which comprises more than 700 objects dating from the 18th century through the 1920s and includes examples of painted, printed, brisé, and folding feather fans, as well as hand screens. This selection of fans, digitized with the assistance of the Fan Association of North America (FANA), maps a material history of opulent tastes and luxuries. The Museum is also grateful to FANA for their input on developing cataloging guidelines and additions to the lexicon specific to fans.
Folding fan of painted silk leaf

Folding fan of painted silk leaf

Balloon shape; painted white silk leaf, exotic birds resting on floral vine alternate with narrow columns...

Folding fan of printed paper with original box

Folding fan of printed paper with original box

A: Lithographed paper leaf fan overpainted and stamped with three colors of gilding; recto with central...

Folding fan of black Chantilly lace leaf

Folding fan of black Chantilly lace leaf

Black Chantilly lace leaf overlaying white satin, alternating foliate swag and floral cluster motif....

Folding feather fan in aqua ostrich

Folding feather fan in aqua ostrich

Clipped aqua blue ostrich feathers. Monture of faux tortoise shell; textured gilt metal loop, white metal...

Folding fan of engraved and hand-tinted paper leaf

Folding fan of engraved and hand-tinted paper leaf

Paper leaf, black-ink engraving with red, royal blue, and green wash hand-tinting with additional brown...

Printed advertising fan issued by Cowperthwait's

Printed advertising fan issued by Cowperthwait's

Fixed fan; circular paddle, scalloped edge; chromolithograph-printed cardbord leaf. Recto: Brooklyn Bridge...

Folding fan of white lace

Folding fan of white lace

White lace leaf with Rococo-revival floral pattern incorporating rose sprigs and C-scrolls. Mother-of-pearl...

Brisé feather fan of swirling down feathers

Brisé feather fan of swirling down feathers

Finely textured white egret-like feathers, bluntly cropped to points, lightly curling and overlapping...

Folding brisé fan of painted silk leaves

Folding brisé fan of painted silk leaves

Painted white silk petal-shaped leaves hand-painted with central polychrome bouquet with birds, gilt...

Fan with moth motif

Fan with moth motif

Black gauze leaf; black silk net mount with white net verso; silk organza cutout applique lined with...

Fixed feathered fan of turkey and marabou

Fixed feathered fan of turkey and marabou

Fixed fan with two layers of turkey feathers; rear layer light brown with brown and white banded tips,...

Brisé fan of pierced ivory with original box

Brisé fan of pierced ivory with original box

Intricately pierced Chinese ivory brisé; guards carved and undercut in flora, foliate and fauna motif;...

Bouquet fan of printed and painted paper leaf and feathers

Bouquet fan of printed and painted paper leaf and feathers

Bouquet folding fan, paper leaf with overpainted chromolithograph scenes. Recto: 18th-century-style figured...

Fixed fan of whole, flattened, taxidermied wood duck

Fixed fan of whole, flattened, taxidermied wood duck

Entire flattened taxidermed body of wood duck applied to cherry-wood handle.

Fixed fan of pink Moluccan cockatoo feathers

Fixed fan of pink Moluccan cockatoo feathers

Recto: single central single ruby hummingbird ringed with iridescent whole beetles and white feather...

Folding fan of double chicken-skin leaf

Folding fan of double chicken-skin leaf

Pen-and-ink work in grisaille, drawing of circular arcade in Classical style, with female statue at center;...

Folding fan of painted skin leaf

Folding fan of painted skin leaf

Painted skin leaf possibly depicting story of Bathsheba, outdoor scene with figures in draped costumes;...

Mandarin pattern fan

Mandarin pattern fan

Hand-painted paper leaf tempera with standing and seated Chinese figures meandering in and out of architectural...

Folding fan of white gauze leaf and carved ivory portrait of George Washington

Folding fan of white gauze leaf and carved ivory portrait of George Washington

Empire style; white silk gauze leaf, applied silver spangles in swag design. Ivory monture, pierced and...

Folding fan of painted paper leaf

Folding fan of painted paper leaf

Cream-colored paper leaf, hand-painted pansies and stemmed flowers in white and dark and light purple...

Folding feathered fan of iridescent hummingbird feathers

Folding feathered fan of iridescent hummingbird feathers

Folding fan of dark iridescent feathers, applied with ruby and gold hummingbird feather crescents. Dark...

Folding fan of painted parchment leaf

Folding fan of painted parchment leaf

Gouache painted parchment leaf. Recto with pastoral scene; rococo gold decoration. Verso with single...

Ivory brisé puzzle fan with four alternating scenes of couples and landscapes

Ivory brisé puzzle fan with four alternating scenes of couples and landscapes

Two hand-painted and laquered scenes on each side, alternately viewable depending on which direction...

Brisé fan of hand-painted cream silk petal blades

Brisé fan of hand-painted cream silk petal blades

Hand-painted floral swags and gilded scrollwork. Mother of pearl monture, carved, pierced, and gilded;...

Fan of tan silk palmettes with painted floral design

Fan of tan silk palmettes with painted floral design

Tan silk palmettes, painted with trailing wild roses; intricately pierced ivory monture inset with steel...

Folding fan of spangled black silk

Folding fan of spangled black silk

Jenny-Lind style fan. Black silk moiré feather-shaped blades appliquéd with gold quatrefoil and hexafoil...

Folding fan of painted skin leaf

Folding fan of painted skin leaf

Recto: trompe l'oeil pen-and-ink images of group of prints or drawings on various subjects on painted...

Folding fan with painted paper leaf

Folding fan with painted paper leaf

Recto: Arcadian scene depicting men and women in 17th-century dress. Verso: group of figures gathered...

Folding fan of painted paper leaf

Folding fan of painted paper leaf

Painted pastoral scenes. Mother of pearl monture, pierced, carved, details painted silver.

Folding fan of spangled white silk

Folding fan of spangled white silk

White silk leaf appliquéd with silver round and stamped flower-shaped paillettes, layered. Monture of...

Painted folding fan with 18th-century pastoral scene

Painted folding fan with 18th-century pastoral scene

Hand-painted paper leaf depicting 18th-century-attired figures within pastoral setting; carved and gilded...

Folding fan with printed color scene depicting 18th-century fête

Folding fan with printed color scene depicting 18th-century fête

Pierced and gilded wooden blades, surmounted by narrow painted paper leaf depicting 18th-century Galante...

Jenny Lind-style fan of painted white silk and marabou feathers

Jenny Lind-style fan of painted white silk and marabou feathers

White silk moiré feather-shaped blades painted with eighteenth-century costumed figural group at center...

Fan of painted paper leaf and carved, gilt mother of pearl sticks

Fan of painted paper leaf and carved, gilt mother of pearl sticks

Hand-painted paper leaf depicting 17th century-attired figures within bucolic landscape, scrolling gilt...

Folding fan of engraved and hand-colored paper leaf

Folding fan of engraved and hand-colored paper leaf

Fan depicting couple in courtship. Ivory sticks, gilt-overlaid mother of pearl guards.

Horn brisé fan

Horn brisé fan

Light-colored horn blades, pierced, hand-painted flowers; three painted vignettes on paper applied to...

Folding fan of yellow silk and ivory

Folding fan of yellow silk and ivory

Yellow silk leaf fan. Monture of pierced and drilled ivory with ajouré medallions at ends of ribs backed...

Folding fan of painted paper and mother-of-pearl

Folding fan of painted paper and mother-of-pearl

Paper leaf fan. Recto with overpainted lithograph with central medallion of five women in contemporary...

Folding fan of white satin and ivory

Folding fan of white satin and ivory

White satin leaf fan. Monture of pierced ivory with alternating sticks forming ajouré (openwork) overlay;...

Folding fan of painted paper with classical scene

Folding fan of painted paper with classical scene

Paper leaf fan. Painted on recto: king on throne in purple robes gesturing towards a prostrate veiled...

Folding fan of painted silk

Folding fan of painted silk

Golden yellow silk leaf fan hand painted in gouache with lily-of-the-valley garland framing pink rose...

Folding brisé fan with lithographed leaf

Folding brisé fan with lithographed leaf

Paper narrow leaf-applied brisé, grisaille chromolithograph depicting figures in 18th-century dress,...

Folding fan of hand-colored paper leaf

Folding fan of hand-colored paper leaf

Hand-colored lithograph paper leaf, recto depicting allegorical hunting party with cupids and dogs. Verso:...

Folding leaf-applied fan

Folding leaf-applied fan

Hand-painted chromolithograph paper leaf depicting 17th-century court scene. Tracery-carved gilt-applied...

Folding fan of painted paper leaf with commemorative portrayal of Ferdinand VII of Spain

Folding fan of painted paper leaf with commemorative portrayal of Ferdinand VII of Spain

Verso: elaborate allegorical memorial scene with central monument and mourning women. Mother of pearl...

Fan with lithograph and painted paper mount

Fan with lithograph and painted paper mount

Hand-painted paper mount depicting nymph held aloft by butterfly-winged putti. Carved and gilded mother...

Folding fan of printed paper

Folding fan of printed paper

Recto: turquoise blue ground inset with hand-colored lithograph medallions depictinig figures; gilt floral,...

Folding fan of paper leaf

Folding fan of paper leaf

Chromolithograph paper leaf, recto depicting 18th-century figure-filled scene. Verso: three oval medallions...

Folding fan of black Chantilly lace leaf

Folding fan of black Chantilly lace leaf

Black Chantilly lace overlaying white silk leaf, floral design with cottage in cental medallion. Light...

Brisé carved and pierced ivory fan with applied mother of pearl and ivory cherub plaques

Brisé carved and pierced ivory fan with applied mother of pearl and ivory cherub plaques

Linear gilding; wedgewood blue outline.

Folding fan painted with floral swags and scene of figures in a garden

Folding fan painted with floral swags and scene of figures in a garden

Painted paper leaf. Recto: central medallion figures in 18th-century dress, flanked by decorative floral...

Folding fan of narrow painted paper leaf

Folding fan of narrow painted paper leaf

Central scene of figures in 18th-century dress at leisure in the country. Gilt-applied tracery-fretted...

Folding fan with painted biblical scene of Abraham and Isaac

Folding fan with painted biblical scene of Abraham and Isaac

Parchment leaf. Verso leaf painted with border of flowers (verso not shown in photograph.) Ivory sticks...

Folding fan of painted skin leaf

Folding fan of painted skin leaf

Recto: pastoral depiction of 1830s-attired woman at an easel drawing, another playing a lyre while a...

Folding fan painted with Rebecca at the Well

Folding fan painted with Rebecca at the Well

Painted leaf with scene of Rebecca at the Well; flower and leaf border; verso mount; single female; carved...

Folding fan with hand-painted paper leaf depicting the Judgment of Paris

Folding fan with hand-painted paper leaf depicting the Judgment of Paris

Recto depicting the Judgment of Paris. Verso depicting Helen targeted by Cupid. Carved and underlaid...

Brisé fan of painted ivory

Brisé fan of painted ivory

Pierced and painted ivory brisé, central field depicting organ grinder; additional vignettes featuring...

Fan of printed blue and off-white paper leaf issued by Red Star Line

Fan of printed blue and off-white paper leaf issued by Red Star Line

Lithographed monochromatic blue on toned paper leaf, depicting ship, Dutch figures lining shore. Natural...

Brisé ivory fan, Neo-Gothic style carved and painted blades with original box

Brisé ivory fan, Neo-Gothic style carved and painted blades with original box

Carved and pierced brisé blades and guards; Neo-Gothic style, painted with alternating motifs of roses,...

Folding fan of paper leaf printed and painted in Louis XVI style

Folding fan of paper leaf printed and painted in Louis XVI style

Recto: three vignettes of fashionably dressed figures alternating with vignettes of floral vases and...

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