A fan-tastic exhibition in Greenwich

Date Posted: 10/12/2012

Pictured: Little Ones, c. 1820 (Photo credit: The Fan Museum, London).

Drawing from The Fan Museum’s collection, special exhibition The Fan in Europe: 1800-1850 will run at the Greenwich venue from 22nd January to 5th May.

The exhibition promises an insight into a relatively overlooked period within the history of fans.

An eclectic array of fans will be on display, ranging from intricately pierced little brisé models, to later Franco-Spanish examples comprising hand-coloured engravings of subjects such as the operas of Rossini, embellished with flourishes of painted gold volutes and scrolls.

During the first decades of the 19th century, the Napoleonic Wars meant that both French and English fan-makers, and their apprentices, downed tools and joined the military, and trading in all manner of goods between countries became increasingly difficult.

Where ivory, tortoiseshell and precious gems were once favoured, bone, horn and sequins came to the fore; but if the materials used to fashion fans were less sumptuous, creativity and ingenuity continued, with fans revealing the hopes, fears and aspirations of Europe’s disharmonious people.

Information for Group Travel Organisers

Admission to the exhibition includes entry to the permanent display, which features works by Gauguin and Sickert, and numerous rare fans and fan leaves from around the globe.

Parties of ten or more people are entitled to a discounted group rate, and can arrange for a dedicated guide to show them around the collection.

For further group travel information visit www.thefanmuseum.org.uk.

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