With the theme of “Fashion, Fragrance and Fans”, FCI Northern members have loaned fans for the whole of June. Fabulous floral lace fans, painted fans, and Japanese fans showing gardens. Perfume bottles complement the fragrance on advertising fans. Relevant fan publications are also on show.
In the adjoining cabinet the late Judith Elliott’s perfume fans will be displayed, destined for auction at Tennants on October 11th.
The exhibition is timed to coincide with the fan auction taking place on June 27th. This includes some of Judith Elliot’s fan collection including painted fans by Dutch artist and erstwhile FCI member Aafke Brouwer and several very unusual brisÃ©s. Several fans consigned locally include a George III Allegory of Trade example, and good Chinese brisÃ©s. Other treasures include a rare 18thc fan with a thermometer in one guard and a hygrometer in the other, the leaf also featuring straw; several gorgeous lace fans; a rare riding fan, a very early fan with mica inserts, several fans with jewelled monograms and wonderful mounts, a fan with gold mount created by a Russian Goldsmith, and a jewelled fan by Melliero of Paris, Alexandre and Ed Moreau (estimate Â£30,000 to Â£50,000). The view day will be Wednesday June 26th and provides an opportunity to see museum quality fans (and indeed many not so expensive but quirky and unique).