Mid-18th century French fan at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London - Fans were not only made of painted silks, vellum and other textiles. Others, called brisé fans, were made by carving harder materials into sticks that could be strung together to form a fan. This example is made entirely of mother-of-pearl that has been intricately carved, gilded, and pieced together. When I see something like this, I find myself in awe of the craftsmen who did all of this - by hand.
An Art Nouveau mother-of-pearl fan with jewelled and enamelled gilt-metal mounts, J. Th. Heinze, Dresden, circa 1910. The Brussels mixed lace leaf with flowers and scrolls, the gilt-mounted veneered mother-of-pearl guards each applied with a colourful enamelled peacock perched on a cabochon sapphire-set openwork flowering plant, each signed J. Th. Heinze, sapphire pivot, mother-of-pearl and ivory sticks. #ArtNouveau #Heinze #fan