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FCI supports Modern Fan Design

One of the purposes of the FCI is to encourage interest in and knowledge of the fan. Though to many of us this would mean the history of fans, and of collecting and researching old fans, the FCI is also keen to sponsor interest in young people which may include modern design of fans. The fan featured here is our 2017 First Prize winning entry, Weapon Fan.

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The Fan Museum, Greenwich

Fan Circle founder member HĂ©lĂšne Alexander was able to realise the dream of a lifetime when, in 1991, the Fan Museum in Greenwich opened its doors. Opened after several years’ refurbishment of two partly derelict Georgian buildings near the centre of Greenwich, the Fan Museum houses a superb collection of fans and runs three special exhibitions annually, showcasing different aspects of the fan. A must for any London visitor, the Fan Museum and the FCI have always had a special relationship and the FCI organises visits there on a regular basis, as well as frequently holding its Christmas party in the Orangery.

Click this link to visit the Fan Museum website.

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Members can now benefit from a major project we have recently undertaken to digitise

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Very early 18th century ivory painted brisé fan with Chinoiserie, probably Dutch. Blackborne collection.

The Blackborne Collection: The FCI Project

2018 sees the dispersal by auction of approximately 450 fans that were inherited by a Yorkshire couple in 1965. When preparing the catalogue we realised that this was an unprecedented opportunity to capture these fans photographically for posterity. But it was also a chance to learn from these fans about rare biblical or mythological subjects so common on 18th century fans but so difficult for many of us to understand today.

So the concept is to take each one of these fans and work through the people and objects depicted and explain who they are and what the objects mean. This information will be available for research by FCI members and furthers our educational aims as a charity.

Watch this space for further information.