Our Fan Collection

The Company’s collection of some 250 fans includes fine 18th and 19th century examples. Several fans have Royal provenance and were donated to the Company by HRH Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone. Other donors include Past Master Bernard Ross Collins, Past Master Leslie Ross Collins, Past Master Norman Latchford and Mr. Liveryman John Brooker, one of the Company’s traditional fan makers. A few examples are pictured and described below.

The Royal Autograph Fans

The Company’s collection of some 250 fans includes fine 18th and 19th century examples. Several fans have Royal provenance and were donated to the Company by HRH Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone. Other donors include Past Master Bernard Ross Collins, Past Master Leslie Ross Collins, Past Master Norman Latchford and Mr. Liveryman John Brooker, one of the Company’s traditional fan makers. A few examples are pictured and described below.

The Rape of the Sabines

Painted on ‘chicken skin’. 20 pierced and backed mother of pearl sticks. 12″ high, circa 1750. Given to HRH Princess Alice by Queen Mary.

Lace Fans

Lace fan mounted on 16 mother of pearl sticks. Circa 1900. Given to HRH Princess Alice by Lady Morton.

Sacrifice to Diana

Painted on kid skin. 22 ivory sticks with carved guards. 10″ high. English circa 1700.

Diana and her Nymphs

Diana and her Nymphs painted on dark kid skin. 24 plain ivory gilt painted sticks, guardsticks carved and pierced. Leaf Italian, sticks possibly English Early 18th Century.

Travellers

Travellers possibly biblical scene painted on kid skin. 20 carved ivory sticks. Early 18th. Century.

Parade at Bath

Parade at Bath painted and engraved on paper leaf. Beau Nash depicted in red coat. 21 plain ivory sticks. 11″ high. English 1740.

Worship of the Golden Calf

Worship of the Golden Calf painted on paper. 22 pierced and carved ivory sticks. English circa 1740.